THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
White House Statement on Presidential Delegation to Observe Haitian
On June 23, a Presidential Delegation headed by Brian Atwood, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will depart for a three day mission to Haiti to observe and report on the elections scheduled for Sunday, June 25 to choose representatives for the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies and local officials.
The establishment of a lasting democracy in Haiti has been one of the Clinton Administration's key foreign policy goals since President Aristide's return to Haiti last October. The President believes that the holding of national elections represents a milestone in the partnership between the Haitian people, the United States and the international community to restore a strong and viable democracy to Haiti.