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Text of President Preval’s Inauguration Speech

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HEADLINE: HAITIAN PRESIDENT PREVAL’S INAUGURAL SPEECH “THE WORK IS NOT
OVER YET”

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Text of speech by Haitian President Rene Garcia Preval during his
inauguration at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on 14 May;
broadcast live by Haitian Signal FM radio

Haitian people, Haitian people, respect to you. [Applause]

In your name, I thank all of the foreigners who have come to share this
special moment with us. Thanks and welcome. Welcome to Her Excellency
the Honourable Michaelle Jean, governor-general of Canada. [Applause]

Welcome to His Excellency, the Very Honourable Perry Christie, prime
minister of The Bahamas; His Excellency Richard Tauwhare, governor of
Turks and Caicos; His Excellency Jose Alencar, vice-president of
Brazil; His Excellency Jose Vicente Rangel Veca, vice-president of
Venezuela; His Excellency Dr Michael Eugene Misick, prime minister of
Turks and Caicos; Mr Philippe Douste Blazy, foreign minister of France;
Mr Carlos Morales Troncoso, foreign minister of the Dominican Republic;
Mr Bernandino Leon, foreign minister of Spain; Mr Jeb Bush, governor of
the State of Florida; His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza,
secretary-general of the OAS. [Applause after each name]

Welcome to all other representatives of peasants, presidents, and heads
of governments; the representatives of foreign parliaments; and
representatives of international organizations. [Applause]

A special welcome to the representative of the Pope. [Applause]

On behalf of the Haitian people, I greet the peoples of all other
countries, especially our Dominican sisters and brothers, our
neighbours. [Applause] Peace for all peoples living on earth; peace
between the two peoples living on the island, Dominicans and Haitians.
[Applause] Peace among you, children of Haiti who are living in Haiti
or abroad.

President Boniface Alexandre, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, cabinet
members [applause], you have done everything you could so Haiti could
get to this point. It was not easy, but we got there. [Applause]

Members of the Provisional Electoral Council, your job was not easy,
either. Since 1987, elections in Haiti have been trouble. The first one
ended in blood. Most of the others ended in challenges. These elections
also had their problems, but everybody acknowledges that there was no
violence. The people participated en masse, and everybody acknowledges
the results. [Applause]

But the work is not over yet. The [elections for] the territorial
collectivities, which are the foundation of the country’s economic,
social, and political organization, still need to be held. The
peasants, in particular, are waiting for these elections like dry land
waits for rain so decentralization can start putting an end to
exclusion.

Juan Gabriel Valdes, your mission is over. [Applause] Your job was not
easy, either, but you can be happy. The results are before us today.
Valdes, your mission is over. [Applause] The UN secretary-general will
have to replace you quickly, because the mission of the UN
Stabilization Mission in Haiti [Minustah] is not yet over.

Minustah will continue to accompany the Haitian people, but this time
we will ask it to help us with more tractors, bulldozers [applause],
loaders [applause], trucks [applause] to build roads, to make canals to
water our lands. [Applause] These are the materials that are necessary
today to stabilize the country. There is no longer any need for tanks.
[Applause] Minustah will also have to help with the professionalization
of our police.

Haitian people: We are talking while looking each other in the eye.
[Applause] I am looking you in the eye. Look me in the eye. [Applause]
We have taken a great step with the elections. The president just took
the oath. The parliament has been installed, and another government is
going to be appointed. What is going on? What are we going to do? I
say: What are we [emphasizes “we”] going to do? We, Haitians, political
parties, people’s organizations, employers’ organizations, union
organizations, women’s organizations, the youth, the religious
organizations, the socioprofessional organizations, peasants, students,
academics, peasants [repeats as heard], and so forth. What are we going
to do? What has to be done? The answer is simple. The answer is clear
to me: We have to make peace. [Applause] We have to make peace through
a permanent dialogue. We must talk to one another so we can decide
together where we want to go together, at what speed, and with what
means. With the means of people, with the means of money.

If we do not talk to one another, we will fight one another, and there
will be no peace. We will fight not because we do not love one another,
but just because we do not know what the others want. The dialogue has
already begun. Peace has already begun. We must strengthen dialogue so
peace can be strengthened. Peace is the key to open all other doors
[applause]: investment doors to create jobs, jobs that will fight
unemployment; doors for more tourists to enter the country; doors for
more roads, more schools, more hospitals, and more national production.
It is peace that can allow sellers to go up and down.

Haitian people: The dialogue has already begun. Peace has already begun
to be established. Let us widen the dialogue. Let us strengthen it. Let
us talk with patience, intelligence, and humility, while nobody acts
arrogantly.

Haitian people: In four days, it will be 18 May [Flag Day]. We will go
to Arcahaie [where the flag was created on 18 May 1803, after a
congress during which Gen Jean-Jacques Dessalines, leader of the
blacks, and Gen Alexandre Petion, leader of the mulattoes, decided to
set aside their differences and join forces against the French and
fight for Haiti’s independence] to honour our ancestors Petion and
Dessalines, who gave us the example of dialogue in order to establish
peace between them. That peace resulted in the creation of Haiti.
Today, let us follow their example. Let us use dialogue to establish
peace among ourselves, which will result in a Haiti without foreign
troops. [Applause]

Haitian people: The solution of the country’s problem is in our hands,
as Haitians. [Applause] The solution begins with dialogue so we can
make peace. Nobody can do it for us. We do not need anybody’s help to
do it, either. Minustah, the IMF, the IDB, the European Union, and
bilateral cooperation cannot do it for us. While we thank them in
advance for the support they will keep giving us [applause], I am
certain, Haitian people, that if we continue to engage in dialogue, if
we continue to make peace, we will be able to agree on what we need to
do, so that when I leave office on 7 February 2011, we can together
admire another Haiti [applause], a Haiti with more roads, more jobs,
more food, more schools and more hospitals, a more beautiful Haiti.
Please, help me, help the country, and help yourselves. Thank you very
much. [Applause]

Source: Signal FM Radio, Port-au-Prince, in Creole 1922 gmt 14 May 06

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