Local November 8, 2023 | 8:07 am

Government considers the incident at the border a provocation

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Government has labeled the recent incident involving a group of Haitians who entered Dominican territory near the border as a provocation. These individuals attempted to obstruct an Army patrol in the border area, and Dominican officials have condemned their actions. Spokesperson Homero Figueroa warned that such incidents could lead to conflicts with unforeseeable consequences, further straining relations between both countries. The Dominican Government has demanded that the authorities cease these violations immediately.

The area in question is claimed by Haitians who allege that properties adjacent to the Dominican border wall belong to Haiti. Soldiers from the Dominican Army guarding the Dominican side remained vigilant with rifles in hand during the incident, while helicopters from the Air Force flew over the area. Members of the Haitian Police also observed the situation.

The Dominican Government clarified that the area in question belongs to the Dominican Republic, specifically between the perimeter fence and Pyramid 13, which marks the border limit in that area. As a preventive measure to ensure security, the Army has increased the number of soldiers and vehicle patrols in the region.

The border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti has been closed since September due to the construction of a canal in the Dajabón-Masacre River. The Dominican Government has denounced Haiti’s violation of agreements before the United Nations, but the Haitian authorities have laid out certain conditions to reopen the border, including the removal of a biometric data system in the square and other demands related to visas and taxes.

These issues are being discussed during negotiations between both countries, and local authorities in Dajabón believe that these matters should be handled at the diplomatic level through the Foreign Ministry.

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November 8, 2023 8:56 am

The current Haitian government is no friend to the Dominican republic. we need to shut down the Dominican republic and Haiti border and continue mass exportations. until we can identify the illegal Haitians in the Dominican republic.

Dave Lopes
November 8, 2023 8:27 pm
Reply to  Cristobal

No Haitian government worthy of the name should be a friend to an enemy country. Haiti needs to keep that border closed permanently. As for DR, it is free to deport every single Haitian and their descendants.

Paul Tierney
November 8, 2023 9:02 am

What is the rest of the story?

It would not be hard to reason the incident may have been used as a distraction to allow other Haitians to cross the frontera unmolested at another location.

Dave Lopes
November 8, 2023 8:24 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Why would they need a distraction? It is Haiti that wants the border to remain closed.

Paul Tierney
November 8, 2023 9:16 pm
Reply to  Dave Lopes

The gov’t of Haiti may want the border closed for political warfare with the RD. There are Haitians, people, who want to flee Haiti. A distraction, the incident, designed by the human traffickers may allow them to funnel illegals at another less guarded border location.

Dave Lopes
November 9, 2023 12:51 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Actually it was the people of Wanament who demanded the closure of the border. Same with the canal construction, it is the people. The government is practically powerless and just following the people. Haitians fleeing are aiming for greener pastures, not DR.

luis aquino
November 8, 2023 10:24 am

Now its is clear with the canal thing and now this haitians are trying to provoke DR into reacting with violence. DR should not fall for it, and should deport every hatian and seal the border.

Dave Lopes
November 9, 2023 12:52 am
Reply to  luis aquino

Amen……and break all relations with Haiti.

November 9, 2023 6:23 am

Hmmm… something doesn’t smell right. This story is full of holes, nothing but a campaign propaganda.