- Associated Press - Sunday, January 30, 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who arrived in Haiti on Sunday on a one-day visit, said the United States has no plans to halt aid despite Haiti’s presidential election crisis.

Mrs. Clinton said the United States is deeply committed to helping the impoverished nation rebuild from last year’s earthquake and cope with a cholera epidemic.

She told reporters traveling with her that the United States would push for recommendations made by international experts about the fraud-marred first round in the presidential voting in November.

Those experts said Haitian President Rene Preval’s preferred successor finished third — and the United States wants that candidate to bow out.

Mrs. Clinton planed to meet with Mr. Preval and the three leading candidates. The runoff is in March.

Mrs. Clinton said she sees no circumstances where the United States would withhold aid from Haiti.

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