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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:55 pm

Top State Department officials tour north Haiti

The Associated Press

Top State Department officials have made an off-the-record visit to northern Haiti, where they met with local leaders and toured an industrial park being built in part by U.S. taxpayers.

The group on Thursday's trip included Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten and Thomas C. Adams, the State Department's special coordinator for Haiti.

After flying to Cap Haitien, they visited the Caracol Haiti Industrial Park. Its Canadian manager, Nicolas Stein, says Mills pressed him to increase the number of women working there to 30 percent.

Construction began at the park in November. It is currently an empty shell of a facility, but construction is under way.

The entire trip was unannounced and journalists were barred.
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