Tuesday, May 12, 2015
"No negotiation, no compensation can repair the wounds of history that still mark us today," Pres. Martelly told Hollande in a speech before an invited audience of dignitaries in the capital Port-au-Prince. "Haiti has not forgotten, but Haiti is not stubborn," he added, attempting to put an end to a fierce debate in Haiti about whether it can rebuild relations with its former colonial power without demanding reparations. Pres. Hollande, in turn, promised Martelly that France would finance a large-scale program to modernize Haiti's education system, but steered clear of the question of a multi-billion euro cash pay out. "You're not asking for aid, you want development," he told Haitians. "You're not asking for welfare, you want investment."