Bill Clinton to be Appointed as UN Envoy to Haiti

May 18, 2009 7:30pm

ABC News’ Kirit Radia reports: Former President Bill Clinton will be named as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti on Tuesday, according to his spokesman Matt McKenna. ”It is an honor to accept the secretary general’s invitation to become special envoy to Haiti,” Clinton said Monday in a statement to 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.”

”I believe Haiti is better positioned to make progress for all its people than at any time since I first visited in 1978,” Clinton added. "It offers unique opportunities for public and private investment to improve health and education in ways that will be good for Haitians and all their partners in our interdependent world.” President Clinton traveled to Haiti with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in March. His wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her own trip there last month where she pledged $57 million in additional US aid. During her bid for the presidency, then Senator Hillary Clinton said in 2007 that she would appoint her husband as Ambassador to the World if she won the election. A Senior State Department official tells ABC News that the appointment has been in the works for several weeks.

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