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BILL CLINTON PLEA FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTUMS IN HAITI

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 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Former President Bill Clinton, the co-chair of the commission overseeing Haiti’s reconstruction, expressed frustration with the slow delivery of promised funds by donors who have delivered about $732 million of a promised $5.3 billion in funds for 2010-11, along with debt relief. Most particularly absent is the United States, which has yet to deliver any of its promised $1.15 billion. According to the Associated Press.

 “First of all, in the next day or so it will become obvious that the United States is making a huge down payment on that,” the former U.S. president and husband of the current secretary of state told reporters without providing details. “Secondly I’m not too concerned – although I’m frustrated – because the Congress have approved the money that the Secretary of State and the White House asked for.”

 Hours later Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive stood in the sweltering heat before the former U.S. Embassy that is now Bellerive’s office to announce $777 million in projects for education, business, rubble removal and other areas freshly approved by the commission they jointly lead.

 During his visit to the camp, Clinton donated $500,000 to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization co-founded by actor Sean Penn, which provides services there.