For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 25, 2004
Statement by the Press Secretary
The President welcomed the opportunity to visit with members of the Congressional Black Caucus today at the White House. They had a positive discussion about their shared concern for the Haitian people. The President continues to deplore the violence in Haiti, and is greatly concerned about the loss of life.
The President indicated he would consider their ideas as we work toward a peaceful political solution to the current situation. The United States is actively working with the international community to help the Haitian people find such a political solution. Humanitarian assistance for the Haitian people is a priority, and we continue to work through our relief organizations to make sure that aid is getting to those who need it.
The President also remains committed to encouraging the international community to provide a security presence as part of any political solution.