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Bill Clinton to be UN special envoy for Haiti

world Updated: May 19, 2009 11:29 IST
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US ex-president Bill Clinton is to be named UN special envoy to Haiti, a UN official said Monday, confirming a report carried by The Miami Herald daily.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the formal announcement would be made at UN headquarters Tuesday.

He said this was a new post specially created for Clinton, who has been trying to focus world attention on the Caribbean island, which was devastated by hurricanes last year and is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

"It is an honor to accept the (UN) secretary general's invitation to become special envoy to Haiti," Clinton said in a statement published by the The Miami Herald.

"Last year's natural disasters took a great toll, but Haiti's government and people have the determination and ability to build back better, not just to repair the damage done but to lay the foundations for the long-term sustainable development that has eluded them for so long," he was quoted as saying.

Last March, Ban and Clinton toured Haiti together and urged the international community to continue to aid the impoverished Caribbean country.

In April, participants at a donors conference in Washington agreed to donate 324 million dollars to help Haiti rebuild.

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