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DomRep army prepares for UN’s withdrawal from Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — A defence and security strategy has been implemented by security officials here as they prepare for the departure of the United Nations peacekeeping force – MINUSTAH, from neighbouring Haiti.

According to Defence Minister Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem, the armed forces have also installed cameras at the most strategic checkpoints in order to boost vigilance along the border.

He made the disclosure during a conversation with Senator Adriano Sánchez Roa on the weekly radio programme “Desafíos”.

Paulino Sem said the Dominican military and police authorities had held talks with the head of police in Haiti and with the chief of Minustah.

He also disclosed that Haiti’s chief of defence would be visiting the Dominican Republic next week to give details of the process underway in Haiti with the end of the peacekeeping mission and the steps to be followed.

“They explained the situation in Haiti in terms of vigilance and security, the status of Minustah’s withdrawal, which will conclude in late October, when only 295 soldiers will remain to support the Haitian police,” he said.

Paulino Sem said he presented a detailed progress report to president Danilo Medina, and plans to deliver a pilot plan for strengthening and vigilance, with the aim of containing any situation that may arise from the neighbouring French speaking Caribbean country as well as for tackling international crime.

In April, the UN Security Council decided in resolution 2350 (2017) that MINUSTAH would close on October 15, transitioning to a smaller follow-up peacekeeping mission.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

Aug 1, 2017

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