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Ministry of Defense boosts security along the border

The departure of the United Nations Stabilization Mission (Minustah) from Haiti has moved the Dominican Ministry of Defense to increase its presence along the border. The Minister of Defense, Lieutenant general Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, confirmed on 17 October 2017, that some 800 soldiers were added to the security force along the border.

In July 2017, the police of Haiti and the Dominican Republic agreed to establish liaison officers in both countries to facilitate the exchange of information in order to fight criminal activity. Defense Minister Paulino Sem noted that the border had been reinforced before the withdrawal of the Minustah detachment.

Last Sunday, 15 October, the Minustah ended its tour in Haiti that had lasted 13 years with a man force of 2,300 blue helmets.

Beginning on Monday, 16 October, a new United Nations mission was established in Haiti and it is called the Mission To Support Justice in Haiti. It is composed of seven police units with some 295 officers that will be there for initial period of six months. The goal is to strengthen Haitian institutions together with the justice system and support Haitian police and protecting human rights.

Haiti with some 11 million inhabitants has a police force of 15,000 officers and is working on the creation of a new Armed Forces starting with 500 new recruits.

An immigration expert, Juan Manuel Rosario, told the Diario Libre, that the departure of the Minustah mission creates a need to strengthen border security because of the weakening of the internal controls inside Haiti in order to prevent that turbulent events in Haiti spill over to the Dominican Republic.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Oct 19, 2017

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