Agreement with US for military privileges rejected
A Dominican court has declared that a recent agreement that grants a series of privileges to military and civil personnel from the United States Defense Department while they are in the Dominican Republic is illegal.
The agreement is for personnel who are in the country carrying out humanitarian and aid work as well as working in the fight against drug dealing.
The court stated that the privileges under the agreement were in violation of national sovereignty and allowed foreign military to meddle in Dominican affairs for an unspecified period of time.
The US Embassy in Santo Domingo has not responded to a request for their view on the ruling.
Foreign Minister Andres Navarro and the United States Ambassador James Brewster signed the agreement on 20 January 2015. It was awaiting Congressional approval before entering into effect.
When it was signed, Brewster stated that the document focused planning on future military activities and other security matters. It allowed US personnel and their non-Dominican contractors freedom of movement of ships and aircraft without paying any fees to ports and airports and without any threat of inspection by local authorities.
They were also granted financial exemptions, including on the payment of highway tolls, gun ownership and carry licenses, and the cost of Dominican radio electric airspace.
Source: DR1, Eldia
Sep 29, 2015
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