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Haiti condemns the Dominican Republic for the reactivation of the La Vigía channel

Santo Domingo.- The government of Haiti has strongly condemned the reactivation of a canal on the bordering Masacre River by the Dominican Republic in retaliation for the construction of a water intake by Haiti. According to an official statement, Haiti considers any attempt to divert the river’s waters as unacceptable and hostile. They argue that such actions violate the 1929 agreement and the inalienable right of Haitians to the equitable use of shared water resources.

Haiti continues to favor dialogue to resolve the dispute but is also taking measures in the interest of its people. They emphasize that an appropriate solution should ensure the fair distribution of water resources, normalize relations between the two countries, and restore the circulation of people and goods on both sides of the border.

The dispute has led to a series of measures, including the closure of borders by the Dominican Republic since September 15, a blockade of trade, suspension of visa issuance, and other restrictions that have strained relations between the neighboring nations.

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October 10, 2023 9:44 am

and restore the circulation of people and goods on both sides of the border”…. Yeah, I wholeheartedly DISAGREE. Keep that border closed for good. An open border policy does not benefit the DR, as evidenced by the number of illegal migrants that have come into our country and the ongoing issue with contraband and illegal smuggling…

Paul Tierney
October 10, 2023 10:12 am
Reply to  DCamp21

The RD closing the border entirely would be spitting in its own face. Haiti is the second largest international trader with the RD, the US being first. The RD and Haiti bank on cross border trade to bring needed materials and produce to each other. The border should be sealed of non-commercial pedestrian traffic only, no migrants. It should and must be open to commercial traffic.

October 10, 2023 1:02 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

I completely agree on the commercial part, I was just expressing my disapproval on having an open border without stringent immigration control.

Dave Lopes
October 11, 2023 12:25 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Hell no, the border should remain closed to all trades. Most Haitians want it closed. Haiti needs to spend its money somewhere else.

America First
October 13, 2023 2:26 am
Reply to  DCamp21

We should also do the same to the illegal Dominicans coming to the US. The Bronx is infested with illegal Dominicans. We are now seeing an influx of migrants also from the DR in NYC that is now causing our property values to go down. So I guess we should treat you all the same way.

October 10, 2023 10:41 am

It should not be too difficult to work out an agreement where both countries share the water in the river on an equal basis . It only requires the use of water meters .This is done in many countries`.

Alberto Gomez
October 10, 2023 11:37 am


Ramon Garcia
October 10, 2023 4:34 pm

The self-destructive Haitian leave DR authorities with no other option, in order to safe the river, and to provide water to Dominican and Haitian farmers. Keep tge border closed and find other countries to do business with.

Jean Pierre Boyer 1822
October 10, 2023 7:06 pm

You guys need to understand. If it wasn’t for Haiti there wouldn’t be a DR? We fought for the island? We ownwd it first. We ownwd DR at one time.

Jean Pierre Boyer 1822
October 10, 2023 7:10 pm

Does the DR have a declaration of Independence?? Even after your so called fake independance, we still xame and rescue you from Spain in 1865. The island don’t belong to you fake Spanish wanna bees. Get a life

October 10, 2023 8:40 pm

If the Americans have so much to say why don’t you open up your border with the Mexicans!

America First
October 13, 2023 2:17 am
Reply to  Emilio

If we did, illegal Dominicans would also come here. The Bronx is already infested with illegal Dominicans.

Platano Frito
October 11, 2023 8:54 am

This really hurts the human trafficking economy. The immigration police will stop deporting illegals if the dont get their cut from the border agents off the re-entries. At 5000 pesos a pop. This will hurt the family basket 🙂