World November 24, 2023 | 8:05 am

Tony Blair is in the Dominican Republic to mediate differences with Haiti over the Masacre River

Santo Domingo.- An international mediation effort is currently underway, led by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to resolve a dispute between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Blair, who previously served as the UK’s leader from 1998 to 2007 and is known for his post-political career in charitable and mediation efforts, has been holding discussions with key figures in both nations.

In the Dominican Republic, Blair met with President Luis Abinader and Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez to discuss the ongoing dispute over the construction of an irrigation canal on the Masacre River. The discussions focused on finding equitable and lasting solutions to the conflict.

Earlier, Blair also met with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, in Saudi Arabia, where they discussed Blair’s potential role in mediating the conflict through his foundation. This meeting took place during a summit between the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Saudi Arabia.

Blair’s visit has sparked mixed reactions, particularly given his mixed legacy as a mediator in international conflicts, including his role in the Middle East Peace Quartet. Despite his efforts, concrete results in these endeavors have been limited.

The current crisis between Haiti and the Dominican Republic remains unresolved, with the Organization of American States (OAS) attempting to mediate. However, challenges persist, including restricted access to the contentious canal site and ongoing border tensions.

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November 24, 2023 10:22 am

Oh come on Abinader what are you doing…

November 24, 2023 11:16 am

Blair is the last person who should be involved in any form of mediation. He should have been confined to the rubbish bin years ago but for some inexplicable reason, people drag him out of obscurity, where he belongs, and give him things like this to do. Maybe he needs more money to maintain his extravagant lifestyle!

December 1, 2023 3:01 pm

ihope that someone is traslating to abinadeer so they dont wrap it up in something else