As Haitians prepare to celebrate pre-Lenten carnival, a looming political crisis is raising concerns among the country’s foreign friends.

….the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, ended a four-day visit to the earthquake-ravaged nation calling on its political leaders to stop the fighting.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice attends a press conference during a U.N Security Council mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Feb. 13, 2012. A 15-member delegation began the four-day mission on Monday to review the terms of its mandate in Haiti. The U.N. set up a peacekeeping mission in Haiti known by its French acronym Minustah in 2004 following the overthrow of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

“Haiti’s executive and legislative branches,’’ Rice said, “need to rise above their interests and work together in the spirit of compromise to overcome their common challenges.”

Rice led a 15-member delegation of the U.N. Security Council on a visit to Haiti this week. They left on Thursday after field trips to the police academy, a tent city, cholera treatment facility and new industrial park in the north. They also met with President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Garry Conille, parliamentarians and business leaders.

“The president and prime minister have prioritized investments to create jobs to build a brighter future,” she told reporters. “But we also understand that improvements in the rule of law, in institution building, fighting corruption and removing other barriers to growth are key to attracting and retaining the quality and quantity of investments that Haiti needs.”

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