The Secretariat reported in a statement that the recently elected President of Haiti, Rene Preval, has been invited not only to take Haiti‚Äôs rightful place in the Conference of Heads of Government in the upcoming CARICOM summit, but also to address the opening ceremony.
The twenty-seventh meeting of the heads of government is scheduled to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis from July to 6.
The invitation to President Preval to address the opening ceremony is in keeping with the Community‚Äôs usual practice of inviting a head of government who was elected subsequent to the last meeting of the Conference to make such a presentation, the statement indicated.
The last meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government was held in February 2006.
"Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community have welcomed the return to constitutional rule in Haiti through the election of a president and of parliamentary representatives in the course of an electoral process deemed by the people of Haiti and the international community as free and fair," the Secretariat‚Äôs statement said.
"Heads of Government wish to congratulate the people of Haiti who through their patience, resolve and courage demonstrated their attachment to the democratic process by exercising their franchise to determine their representatives at the presidential and legislative levels."
CARICOM officials said they now look forward to the election of local and municipal representatives, with a view to fulfilling the constitutional and political systems of representation.