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President of Haiti

The president of Haiti, Michel Martelly, has thanked the EU for its assistance in helping the Caribbean island recover from the devastating earthquake in 2010.

Addressing the European Parliament on 20 November 2012, Mr Martelly said that "active co-operation" with Europe had been a big part of the rebuilding effort.

More than 250,000 people were killed when a huge earthquake devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010.

Mr Martelly was inaugurated as Haiti's president in May 2011, having beaten former first lady Mirlande Manigat in the election.

He came to power promising to rebuild the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, after becoming the first independent Caribbean state, having overthrown French colonial control in the 19th Century.

However Mr Margelly said that "no country can find its way out of poverty through charity and handouts".

"We need trade and investment," he said.

He also commented on the EU's economic crisis, pointing out that Latin America had largely escaped the same situation.

"We cannot be indifferent to the crisis that threatens you," he added, saying that Europe needed to be more united to solve its problems.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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