Medina will submit Naturalization Law; promises to continue talks with Haiti
SANTO DOMINGO. The legislative proposal on the Naturalization Law, with which the government hopes to resolve the judicial limbo of the children of illegal foreigners born in the country, will be submitted to the Congress shortly, reiterated President Danilo Medina yesterday, during his speech to the National Assembly recounting the past year of his government.
“I wish to ratify my commitment with international bodies such as the European Union, the United Nations, and several governments, in the sense that, within the next few days, together with a package of laws that will be placed in the National Congress, there will also be the Naturalization Law, which has been a commitment that we have accepted, and it will be presented for the consideration of all of you,” said the President.
This was the only allusion that he made on an issue that garnered the public attention during the last few months of last year, and that still remains: the Sentence 168-13 by the Constitutional Tribunal, which describes the guidelines regarding naturalization, and which in the judgment of many, denationalizes Dominicans of Haitian parents. He dealt with this nearly at the end of his close to two hour speech, in the section that he dedicated to international relations.
Talks with Haiti
The President also announced that the talks with Haiti will continue and he emphasized that they will be “always based on mutual respect for the sovereignty of each country, with the purpose of providing a solution to the needs of our peoples.” “Never before have our two nations sat down at a tale to deal with a complete agenda of issues of interest,” the President stressed.
Ambassador expected more
The Haitian ambassador in the country, Fritz Cineas, said that he expected that Medina would talk more about his country. “I naturally expected that he would talk a lot more about Haiti. Undoubtedly I greet the statements by President Medina, and we are waiting for the Law (the special Naturalization Law),”he admitted. He said he considered the speech to be positive and he said that he was content that he mentioned Haiti in the speech.
Advances in Foreign Policy
Medina stressed in first place the process of the countries admission into the Central American System of Integration (SICA), of which he is president pro tem.
“This is a great opportunity for strengthening our regional relationships and to give an unprecedented push to the collaboration between our peoples and governments,” said the President regarding his pro tem presidency of SICA.
Regarding the actions taken in the foreign policy, he said: “We have been present there wherever there is an opportunity for integration, for cooperation, and for solidarity between many of our brother countries, as well as for the economic development of our country.
He also mentioned as an achievement the training of the foreign service personnel in order to guarantee that they were ambassadors of the export offerings and the potential opportunities in the Dominican Republic.
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