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Mr. Annan congratulated all Haitians, calling the proclamation of the independent
Today’s bicentennial marks “an anniversary of deep significance to all mankind,” he said, adding that it also serves as an “ideal” start to the UN International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition.
The Secretary-General voiced hope that Haitians, while recalling the spirit of their forefathers, would find a way to overcome the current political impasse in their country.“There is a need to build a consensus that allows the goals of good governance, respect for human rights, economic and social recovery, and human and environmental regeneration to be more vigorously pursued,” the spokesman said, pledging the UN’s full support in the drive to build a better future for all Haitians.