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Haiti marks 220th anniversary of political independence

January 1, 2024

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Haiti is marking the 220th anniversary of its political independence from France on Monday with the international community expressing support for the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country as it moves to restore peace and security.

In a congratulatory message, the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said Haitians should use the occasion to celebrate the resistance and courage of an entire people:

“The United Nations continues to stand with it for a more stable and prosperous future. 2024 will be a pivotal year for the stability of Haiti. Let us work together to lay the foundations for a return to security allowing daily life in peace and leading to the restoration of democratic institutions”.

For its part, Canada expressed its continued support for Haiti, which it said “occupies an important place in the great family of the Francophonie of the Americas.

then, but the urgency still remains to remain united in order to achieve our greatest ideals.

Former acting president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert said ‘this January 1st brings back the commemoration of the 220th  anniversary of the Independence of our dear Haiti, this land that our ancestors bequeathed to us as a heritage at the cost of great sacrifices.

“I invite, on this occasion, all my compatriots to surpass themselves, to unity and to commit to the true transformation of Haiti into a democratic, stable, united, prosperous and competitive country. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Independence Day and a better 2024.”

The former president of the Chamber of Deputies, Gary Bodeau urged Haitians to “return  to the ideals of 1804”.

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