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Haiti expert at violating agreements signed with DR

A report in El Dia today, Thursday 15 October 2015 reveals that the Michel Martelly government has a long track record of violating agreements signed with the Dominican government. The report follows President Danilo Medina and President Michel Martelly’s Tuesday 13 October 2015 meeting in Barahona. Despite hopes that the recent ban on 23 Dominican imports by land would be lifted, the issue was not even discussed. Dominican media concluded that Martelly was “pulling President Medina’s leg” yet again.

El Dia lists several violations of agreements:

In December 2012, President Medina and Martelly met in Spain for the 12th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government and Haiti committed to cooperate in the reforestation of the island. Nothing happened on the Haitian side.

In April 2013, during the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union in Port-au-Prince, Medina and Martelly agreed to strengthen and facilitate bi-national trade.

On 6 June 2013, Medina and Martelly met in Ouanaminthe, Haiti and hours after Medina announced that the Dominican government would finance the plan to reforest Haiti, the government of Haiti announced a ban on import of poultry from the DR on the grounds of the presence of avian flu, despite assurances by the Pan-American Health Organization that this was not the case. This was the first major violation of an agreement signed by both Presidents.

23 days after the poultry import ban, Martelly and Medina met at the PetroCaribe meeting in Nicaragua on 29 June 2013. There, Martelly recognized the quality of Dominican chickens but argued that the low tax collections resulting from the informal trade across the border were the reason for the ban. The ban was not lifted until January 2014.

A bi-national commission met in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic on 10 July in 2013. Both governments agreed that the Ministry of Industry & Commerce should be notified prior to the implementation of any trade-related measure, regulation or legal mechanism. However, a week after this pledge was signed, Dominican plastic manufacturers announced that the Haitian authorities had imposed a new ban on plastics.

After Constitutional Tribunal ruling 168-13 ordered the regularization of foreigners with illegal status in the DR, Haiti agreed to document its nationals so they could be issued legal residency here. This did not happen. Even the Haitian ambassador to the DR, Daniel Supplice was outraged at the failure of the Haitian civil registry and passport office and complained outright to the press before being dismissed. The DR had offered to provide locations, but the Haitian government only opened two for the entire country. “During all of 2014 the talks between both countries were affected by the sways of the Haitian government that after fixing one position before the Dominican authorities would take on another stance on international scenarios,” reports El Dia.

Source: DR1, El Dia

Oct 15, 2015

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