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Regional leaders urge action to erase inequality between Dominicans and Haitians

NEW YORK, USA — Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez, said his country is striving to make education a top priority with programmes put in place to ensure that all girls and boys can go to school. The Dominican Republic expected to be free of illiteracy in the near future.

Moreover, Medina Sánchez outlined how his country was making improvements in health and in supporting small agricultural producers who experienced a “countryside renaissance”. Overall poverty had been reduced by 6 percent and in rural areas by 9 percent.

Turning to peace and security, Medina Sánchez said that many of the world’s conflicts are the result of people holding on to past grievances. In fact, a historic agreement had been made between his country and its neighbour, Haiti. While the two nations had a history of disagreement, they were now working together to find ways to improve the lives of their people.

He urged the global community to support this new era between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, by helping people receive proper documentation to establish their country of origin, which was fundamental to providing them with social services.

“Please help Haiti document its people both in its own territory and in the Dominican Republic,” said Medina Sánchez. “Let us not allow a few technical deficiencies to be an obstacle.”

Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, said the world was witness to an upsurge in the “whirlwinds of oppression and violence” from Gaza to Iraq, from Ukraine to the Central African Republic.

“The cries can also be heard in Central America where thousands of children and young people cross borders alone heading toward the United States, from violence and lack of opportunities in search of dreams that can turn into nightmares,” said Solís Rivera.

Maintaining international peace and security begins with a culture of peace, he noted. As an unarmed democracy, his country knows that prevention begins at the state level, with the strengthening of institutions. “Peace cannot take root where there is impunity,” he said, highlighting the role of the International Criminal Court to bring perpetrators of crimes to justice.

“The Security Council must progress from a mentality of reaction to one of action and reaffirm its moral, humanitarian and political commitment to all of humanity,” said Rivera. The veto cannot be used to obstruct measures that seek to avoid and resolve conflicts.

Solís Rivera also condemned the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas and also Israel’s use of disproportionate force in Gaza. Emphasizing the need to uphold the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), he deplored the transfer of weapons into existing conflict zones. Costa Rica also condemned the use of cluster munitions in Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine and reiterated its rejection of nuclear weapons.

There could be no peace without sustainable development therefore the new sustainable development agenda must be focused on action, with precise objects and clear targets and indicators to monitor its success. Rivera also underscored the role of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for its commitment to preventive diplomacy.

Some 196 speakers are expected at this year’s annual debate. Meeting on the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda,” the speakers include representatives from the 193 UN member states, as well as the Observer State of the Holy See, the Observer State of Palestine and the delegation of the European Union.

Source: Caribbean News Now

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