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Bill Clinton to be UN Haiti envoy
« on: May 18, 2009, 23:09:07 »
 Bill Clinton to be UN Haiti envoy


Storms caused some $1bn in
damage to Haiti in 2008


Bill Clinton is to be the new UN special envoy to Haiti, a spokesman for the former US president said.
Mr Clinton was quoted by the Miami Herald newspaper as saying he would be honoured to accept the
position. He would work to help Haiti rebuild after last year's tropical storms which claimed the lives
of nearly 800 people and caused $1bn (£660m) in damage.

The UN is expected to confirm Mr Clinton's new role. The ex-leader helped raise funds for Haiti recently.
In March, he visited the country along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, spurring a global
fundraising effort which raised more than $300,000 for Haiti's rebuilding effort.

Because of Mr Clinton's marriage to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US state department lawyers
must authorise his new role. Haiti does not currently have a special UN envoy and it is not clear what
Mr Clinton's duties will be, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The Miami Herald, which first announced the appointment, said he would be expected to visit the
Caribbean country at least four times a year.

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