Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Haitian president-elect, Rene Preval, wants Brazilian troops to remain in his country as part of a UN peacekeeping force.
Mr Preval was in Brazil on the first leg of a South American tour that will also take him to Chile and Argentina.
He was due to meet President Luiz Lula da Silva to thank Brazil for leading the UN mission in Haiti. Mr Preval also wanted to discuss development aid.
The head of State said he considered the Brazilian role in Haiti to be vital and wished to see it continue for the time being. The troops are likely to remain in the country for two or three more years.
Brazil heads the 9,000 peacekeeping forces from more than 40 countries who were sent to Haiti to help restore democracy.
Meanwhile, the Haitian president-elect Rene Preval is to travel to the United States this month to meet with US President George W. Bush.
A second round of legislative elections, originally scheduled for March 19, will likely take place on April 23. The delay could postpone Preval's March 29 inauguration, because the constitution calls for the swearing in to take place before parliament.
Mr Preval will visit the United States March 27 and 28 to meet with President Bush and officials from the Organization of American States, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He will also visit the United Nations in New York.