White House Statement on
President Reagan's Meeting With President Henri Namphy
November 21, 1986
President today met with Henri Namphy, President of
the National Council of the Government of Haiti, in the Oval Office. President Namphy later met with Vice President Bush. The President
discussed the political and economic situation in Haiti with General Namphy, devoting particular attention to the increased U.S. assistance program, the
need to develop the Haitian private sector through foreign investment, the
protection of individual rights and freedoms, and the long-term development
needs of Haiti in the areas of
education and literacy, health, agriculture, and environment.
Reagan expressed his firm support for General Namphy's
efforts to build democratic institutions and achieve the goal of a working
democracy over the next 15 months. In connection with General Namphy's visit, the U.S. and Haitian Governments
have agreed to launch a major training initiative for Haiti. The Training for
Development Project will make available $10 million over the next 5 years for
training educational institutions of over a hundred Haitian technicians,
administrators, medical personnel, and business professionals in America.
total U.S. aid package was also
discussed by the two leaders. Haiti is one of the very few
countries where, despite an overall reduction in U.S. assistance levels this
year, U.S. aid will increase -- an
increase of 25 percent to just over $100 million. The U.S. Government is also
working with other international donors and with the private sector to assure
adequate, overall external support for Haiti's democratization
process. During his visit to Washington
(November 20 - 22) General Namphy also had meetings
with Secretary of State George Shultz and AID Administrator Peter McPherson.
Namphy described the progress achieved so far in
implementing the 2-year political calendar that calls for a referendum on a new
constitution in February 1987; local, legislative, and Presidential elections
during 1987; and the inauguration of a duly elected President in February 1988.