Chancellery says it has provided all facilities for Haiti to document their nationals
SD. The Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic (MIREX), said yesterday that they have offered all of the facilities to the Haitian government in order that they can provide documentation to their nationals who reside in this country. With that statement they respond to the statements issued by the Haitian ambassador in the DR, Fritz Cineas, who on last Tuesday said that his government had not started the identification plan for their citizens due to the fact that the Dominican authorities had not authorized the entry of their equipment.
The Chancellery, through a press communiqué, made it clear that they have processed all of the requests made by the Haitian government through their embassy that are related to the execution of this process of identification. They indicated that the Chancellor, Carlos Morales Troncoso, gave “precise” instructions to facilitate the visa process corresponding to the Haitian officials that are going to work in the documentation process, visas that will be valid for one year, with multiple entries, for the persons accredited.
According to the Chancellery, the actions were taken as support to the National Normalization Plan for Foreigners and to provide compliance to the offer made by President Danilo Medina to facilitate the installation and infrastructure necessary for the Haitian government to be able to document their nationals.
This offer was made by Medina in April 2013 during a meeting with the Haitian President Michel Martelly, and in May of that same year, personnel from the Chancellery visited the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, who committed the organization to support the process of documentation, counting on the approval of Haiti.
The Chancellery recalled that in February of this year they signed an agreement with the OAS for the implementation of an analysis regarding the identification of the Haitian citizens, which result was delivered last Friday, 6 June. He said that that during the process that they have held numerous meetings, both in Dominican territory as well as Haitian, always with the participation of the OAS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The president of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), Roberto Rosario, said yesterday that the regulations for the Naturalization Law are the sovereign power of the Dominican Republic, so that the international agencies have nothing to contribute.
“Those that should be interested in their citizens being normalized (legalized) have converted the process into a business,” he emphasized in reference to the Haitian consulate in the country.
Rosario said that the Haitian authorities are charging exorbitant sums for Haitians to obtain the necessary documents in order to register in this country.
“The collaboration should be total, they should help, this is a country that needs help, we are not rich, not only should they not come here and demand things, they should contribute,” he said in reference to the international organizations.
The National Normalization Plan of Foreigners was carried out yesterday with greater organization and agility in the Juan Pablo Duarte Government Offices (El Huacal), in the National District, and in the Los Angeles Residential area in the city of East Santo Domingo.
Dozens of foreign nationals that went to the Huacal, in the majority Haitians, arrived in the dawn hours in order to get the first turns. A notable item was the attendance of Haitians that, as a “caution”, did not wait for the opening-next week-of the offices in the cities of North and West Santo Domingo and Los Alcarrizos, to begin the process of normalization of their immigration status near their own sectors.
In Santiago, the majority of the persons registered arrived from the area of Hatio Mayor in the south part of the city. The local supervisor of the Plan, Amaury Duran, stressed the flow of Haitians, in the majority men who work in construction.
Danilo took suggestions by the UN to a commission
President Danilo Medina reported yesterday that the suggestions made by the commission of United Nations agencies, whose representatives visited him last Monday, were sent to the commission that wrote the regulations of the Law of the Special Regime and Naturalization so that they can be studied.
“I gave them to the commission. There is a commission of lawyers that have worked with us in all of this process. They will write the regulations and will take into account the opinions that anyone can give us in order to insure that this works in the best possible manner,” said the President. The commission is made up of the Minister of Interior and Police, Jose Ramon Fadul; the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo; the judicial consultant of the Executive Power, Cesar Pina Toribio; the deputy minister Luis Henry Molina; and the private sector lawyers Olivo Rodriguez and Flavio Dario Espinal, these two, the Dario Libre learned from an unofficial source. Medina gave the statements after express his condolences to the family of the deceased PLD leader Ruben Peña.
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