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Haitian government calls for respect for Dominicans in a commercial

SANTO DOMINGO. Since last Friday, the Haitian government has been circulating a commercial in the country calling for respect for the Dominicans that live in Haiti, and warning that those that attempt to do harm against the life of a person or property of the Dominican Republic will be arrested and sent to justice.

The commercial is heard on Haitian radio and television, as was confirmed by the Diario Libre. The Haitian governmental initiative has caused satisfaction among Dominican authorities.

The media campaign was announced last Friday by the Haitian Chancellor, Pierre Duly Brutus, during the meeting which he held with his Dominican counterpart in Jimani in order to reduce the recent bi-national tensions which caused the closure of the Dominican consulates in his country.

More to the point, Chancellor Andres Navarro reported that today the ambassador returns and tomorrow they will reopen the five consulates that were temporarily closed. These are located in Port-au-Prince, Cape Haitian, Belladere, Ouanaminthe (Juana Mendez), and Anse-a-Pitre. They will work their usual hours of nine in the morning until three in the afternoon.

Ambassador returns to Embassy

The Ministry of Foreign Relations reported yesterday, after a meeting in the Chancellery, that it ordered the return this morning of Ambassador Ruben Silie to the Dominican diplomatic headquarters in Haiti.

At the beginning of January of this year, a group of Haitians created tension around the consulate in Anse-a-Pitre calling for the release of several fishermen detained in Dominican waters.

On 24 February another group attacked the consulate in Port-au-Prince and burn the Dominican flag, during a protest march againstthen alleged racism and xenophobia existing in the Dominican Republic with regard to their compatriots.

After this last event, the Ministry of Foreign Relations recalled its ambassador in Haiti for consultations together with the consul general in Port-au-Prince, and on 4 March closed the consulates, until the Haitian government could give guarantees for the safety of the diplomatic missions.

In the bilateral meeting of Friday, the Haitian Chancellor guaranteed this protection.

Regarding the bi-national talks

The Dominican and Haitian Chancellor’s will meet again on the 27th of this month in the framework of the Mixed Bilateral Commission. Brutus has guaranteed the safety of the Dominican truckers and haulers that cross the frontier with merchandise, and he reported that his government will respond shortly to the results of the investigation by the National Police regarding the death of a Haitian in Santiago, who was found hung in a park..

Both governments also dealt with issues of development, frontier security, immigration, commerce and investments.

Source: DiarioLibre

March 16, 2015

Category: DR News |

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