Local October 12, 2023 | 10:47 am

Construction of canal claimed to be intentionally created by Haitians to incite crisis with the Dominican Republic, says Dominican Ambassador

Santo Domingo.- Faruk Miguel, the diplomat representing the Dominican Republic in Haiti, has disclosed that the neighboring country’s foreign ministry informed him that the construction of a canal aimed at diverting the waters of the Dajabon or Massacre River is a private initiative of former interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph. The purported motive behind this project is to create a crisis between the two nations.

Miguel clarified that the construction of the said canal is not a government-led endeavor but rather an initiative led by prominent Haitian producers under the leadership of Mr. Joseph. The Dominican diplomatic authorities have vehemently opposed this construction since it first commenced in 2016. This opposition led to a meeting of the Bilateral Mixed Commission, attended by both countries’ ambassadors, wherein the Dominican Republic requested documentation and plans for the project to ensure it would not adversely affect the riverbed.

“At that meeting of the Bilateral Mixed Commission of the two countries, it was established that it could not be a canal that diverted the river. Therefore, the document that comes out of that meeting, which is not an agreement, is a document that comes out as a result of what was discussed in the meeting, In a minute, it is established that it is not a canal that diverts the river,” explained Miguel.

During a discussion titled “Dominican-Haitian crisis: origin and evolution,” organized by the Public Policy Research Center (CIPP) and the National News Network (RNN), Miguel disclosed that due to the lack of response and documentation for the project, the Dominican Foreign Minister, Roberto Álvarez, sent a communication to the Haitian Foreign Ministry on June 6, 2021, requesting compliance with the previously agreed terms and the immediate cessation of the construction. This request preceded the tragic assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

Miguel noted that the canal builders intend to extract one and a half cubic meters of water per second. In contrast, the aquifer’s bed typically holds three meters in rainy weather and one meter in dry weather. This is why the Dominican government opposes the project, as it poses a threat to the binational river and its ecosystems.

While Miguel stressed the necessity of diplomatic dialogue to resolve this crisis, he highlighted the challenges posed by the lack of institutional stability in Haiti, hindering the creation of conducive conditions for negotiation.

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Jean Pierre Boyer 1822
October 12, 2023 11:03 am

Who are you or Abinader to tell us what to do. Don’t forget we fought for this land. You didn’t. We gave you an independence till today you still don’t have a declaration for. Haiti is a sovereign state. Worry about your country intead. You do not speak for the whole island

Alberto Gomez
October 12, 2023 11:47 am

Lol what a clown, you Haitians paid France for your stupid country, your independence came in 1947 when Haiti finished paying France!!

Dave Lopes
October 12, 2023 7:48 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

You are the clown. The payment was to reimburse the former plantation owners not for independence. DR however got its freedom from Haiti.

Alberto Gomez
October 12, 2023 11:12 pm
Reply to  Dave Lopes

Clowns are the Haitians for paying their masters , big L for Haiti <<<<<<Loser

Teddy P
October 18, 2023 3:10 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

You got your freedom and voluntarily went back into slavery in 1861. Who is the clown.? No country did that but you…Ever! You loved your masters.

Last edited 8 months ago by Teddy P
Edward
October 12, 2023 1:21 pm

May I suggest that all Dominicans stay on their side of the border and all Haitians stay on their side of the border? Would that make you happy?

Richard
October 12, 2023 2:47 pm
Reply to  Edward

If that did happen the DR would be very big losers as they rely heavily on Haitian workers in the construction, agricultural and tourism industries .Jean is over the top but is correct in saying that Haiti is a sovereign state . I am hoping that some companies may make a move to help Haiti build itself as a tourist destination again, even if it not in Port au Prince .

jose MORENO
October 12, 2023 2:53 pm

Haiti is not a State. is a bunch on people leaving in an emphy lot.

Fundador
October 12, 2023 8:58 pm

you also killed ove five thousand innocent women children and elderly …obviously school was not that important to you…if you did then ,you’ll do it again …we need to protect ourselves from happening again …
You can’t even govern yourselfs…gangs and Barbecue are doing it for you …
You didn’t give anything ,we reclaimed what’s ours …

We’re worrying about our country , that’s why we need to be always on alert …

Last edited 8 months ago by Fundador
Richard
October 12, 2023 11:49 am

Why would anyone make a statement like that and call himself a diplomat .

Dave Lopes
October 12, 2023 7:47 pm

Dispute between Haiti and DR is a good thing for Haiti. Why is there still a dominican ambassador in Haiti and vice versa. Keep the border sealed and break all diplomatic relations.

Platano Frito
October 13, 2023 11:09 am

The source is Pico Gallo, On the Haitian side river Capotillo is the main tributary. Either country can access this much further south. it should be shared equally. Monitor the flow on both sides.