Haiti demands OAS talks on protocol; DR accuses Haiti of trying to hide political crisis
SD. In an extraordinary session of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Haitian Chancellor Lener Renauld obtained yesterday the backing of several countries to his reiterated questioning regarding the Dominican immigration policy, facing off against Dominican ambassador, Pedro Verges, who asked the mission that will come to the country in the next few days to include “the humane observation of the populations” in order to verify that the Haitians are not treated as outcasts.
Verges accused Haiti of maintaining a critical posture before different scenarios, since his basic mision is to detour the attention from the current problems in their internal election process.
“It is necessary for the international community to observe well and come to conclusions, as much as possible (…) Of the networks, and observe the reality on the ground (…) We consider the declarations that seek to present our country as a monster to be unfair” said Verges.
Last week, during the participation of Dominican Chancellor before the Permanent Council of the OAS, it was approved that a mission of the organization will visit the Dominican Republic in order to see for itself the immigration situation brought about by the National Plan of Normalization of Foreigners.
Yesterday it was approved that the mission would also travel to Haiti. According to the Spanish news agency EFE, the visits to both countries will be between the 10th and 14th of July. It will begin in Santo Domingo and end in Port-au-Prince. It will be headed by the secretary for Political Affairs of the OAS, Francisco Guerrero and he will be accompanied by Gabriel Bidegain, the advisor to the Secretary-General.
In the extraordinary session, convened at the request of the Permit Mission of Haiti, some States proposed that representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and from the United Nations should take part in the mission. The first proponent of this proposal was Barbados.
Also making use of their turns were the United States, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, San Vicente and the Grenadines, Dominica, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica. They followed the format of talks and understanding.
“The only thing we ask for, as is natural, is that this be an absolutely impartial commission; and I should remind you that here are countries who have radically shown themselves to be against the Dominican Republic and openly in favor of Haiti in these conflicts. We expect that none of them form part of the commission,” requested the Dominican ambassador.
He complained that the Haitian government failed to document their citizens, a process for which they had international support, and that this has been admitted by notable personalities in Haiti, such as their ambassador in the Dominican Republic, Daniel Supplice. “In the Dominican Republic we are still waiting for the Haitian government to fulfill its promise,” he said.
He stressed that the fundamental requirement in order to normalize their situation was to have an official identification document from their country of origin. “More than 288,000 persons registered, in the majority Haitian nationals. As was expected given the failure by Haiti, barely a third part possess passports (96,000 persons),” he said.
During his turn, the Jamaican ambassador requested that the Dominican Republic explain the real causes why more than 37,000 Haitians have returned to their country and to clear up whether this is due to intimidation, according to what he said has been denounced.
The minister of Foreign Relations of Haiti said that tens of thousands of Dominicans would be declared stateless, and that the returne to Haiti of thousands of persons “could have serious consequences for Haiti in particular and the region in general.”
To this, ambassador Verges responded: “this is the first time that we hear from any country that one of their citizens is an excess in their territory. Let us not be confused.”
Renauld, visibly bothered after the Dominican Republic defended its immigration policy, said that the Dominican Chancellor had blocked the signing of a protocol for repatriations. “We are not going to accept Dominican citizens in Haitian territory,” he said.
In his final intervention, the Dominican ambassador reiterated his support for the OAS mission that will visit the country and Haiti, and he concluded saying: “the OAS once made a dramatic mistake with the Dominican Republic, so dramatic that it is one of the great national traumas, when it supported the sending of tens of thousands of soldiers to impede a legitimately democratic process. We would like that this experience should serve in order that something similar does not happen again.”
Costa Rica recognizes DR efforts to help Haiti
The countries that intervened argued for the continuation of talks between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Costa Rica took advantage of its turn to stress the support which the Dominican Republic has given to the Haitian people at different times of need. “The geographic happenstance of the Dominican Republic cannot imply that we load up the charges to the point of failing to recognize that this country has made an enormous effort, as none other, I dare to say unequivocably and without reserve, in order to ease the situation of the Haitian people, amen to the Haitian government itself,” he said.
At the start of the session, the OAS Secretary-General, Luis Almagro Lemes, said that the rights of the people are in play, “therefore we expect that the solutions will be as soon as possible.” “And it is with this sense of urgency that we must act,” he added.
July 9, 2015
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