World September 21, 2023 | 8:13 am

Haiti’s Foreign Ministry instructed its missions to denounce “unfriendly acts” by the Dominican Republic

Port-au-Prince.- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Haiti has dispatched a comprehensive report to its diplomatic missions worldwide, shedding light on the ongoing dispute with the Dominican Republic. This dispute revolves around the resumption of canal construction on the Haitian side of the Masacre River.

The diplomatic missions have been instructed to utilize this report as a reference to gather essential information for informing host countries’ foreign ministries, international organization secretariats, and other foreign diplomatic missions about Haiti’s legal right to utilize Masacre River waters for irrigation purposes.

Furthermore, the report highlights what Haiti deems “unilateral and unfriendly acts” by top Dominican authorities who appear to be capitalizing on this situation for electoral objectives.

The Ministry urges its diplomatic missions to emphasize that President Luis Abinader’s hasty decision has already adversely impacted the security of Haitian residents in the Dominican Republic. It underscores that the Haitian Government has consistently acted in good faith and remains open to dialogue. If needed, the missions are encouraged to reach out to Ministry officials for additional clarifications.

In response to these developments, Haiti reaffirmed its sovereignty over the exploitation of its natural resources, citing the 1929 bilateral agreement with the Dominican Republic. It asserts the right to make water intakes in the Masacre River and vows to protect the interests of its people while favoring dialogue.

The report underscores that ongoing dialogue between Haitian and Dominican delegations was abruptly disrupted by President Abinader’s unilateral decision to close the borders.

Haiti aims to ensure that the irrigation of the Maribahoux plain complies with regulations under the supervision of the Ministries of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural and Environmental Development. It also calls for the protection of lives and property on both sides of the border and respect for international conventions governing this matter.

In recent developments, the Dominican Republic announced a ban on nine Haitian individuals from entering the country, including former officials, former legislators, and Camiel Samson, considered the “sponsor” of the controversial canal.

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Alberto Gomez
September 21, 2023 9:54 am

Oh yes , what great neighbor, Dominican Republic has .

DCamp21
September 21, 2023 10:02 am

Cry us a river, minister. Get your chaotic country in order, manage your natural resources better, establish a proper government, and then we’ll take you all seriously and be open to dialogue….

Last edited 8 months ago by DCamp21
Concerned
September 21, 2023 8:36 pm
Reply to  DCamp21

Please remember to show love and compassion to fellow human beings. Love knows no boundaries. A thousand years from now, none of this mindless bickering will matter. It will all be a blimp in some Latin American history book.

Edward
September 21, 2023 3:46 pm

It seems there were no proper studies before the Haitians started digging this ditch. Chances are good that, in a couple of years, there will be no river. Also, what can stop the DR from diverting the water upstream before it gets to Haiti. It starts in the DR and 80% of it is in the DR so it shouldn’t be hard to divert it to 100% in the DR. Haiti should be careful to think this through. I’m not taking sides…..I’m just asking questions.

DCamp21
September 21, 2023 4:20 pm
Reply to  Edward

This stupid canal construction is just typical Haitians destroying the little bit of natural resources they have left. Poor decisions lead to negative consequences and the ones who will suffer from this in the long run are the Haitian people. Haitians cut down more than 80% of their trees to produce charcoal and deforested their country in a matter of decades, while also drying up most of their rivers and bodies of fresh water. These people have absolutely no sense of logic or ingenuity, it’s like they’re still living in the bronze age….

Last edited 8 months ago by DCamp21
Dave Lopes
September 21, 2023 6:32 pm

blah blah, blah. this endless dominican whining is getting boring.
Seal your border and break ALL diplomatic and trade relations with Haiti. Problem solved.

Alberto Gomez
September 21, 2023 7:06 pm
Reply to  Dave Lopes

blah blah , it’s sealed, with neighbor like these Haitians , who needs enemies. Backstabbers, traitors, never keep an accord or treaty with Dominican Republic, liars, and all the above!!