Dominican Republic Won’t Get Involved In Military Ops In Haiti, Says President.

Image: Public domain. Dominican flag. Dominican troops will not be entering Haiti.
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When asked about the Dominican Republic serving as a base for humanitarian aid entering Haiti, President Luis Abinader said that the country was perfectly willing to help Haiti with food and medical aid, but he made it clear that they wouldn’t extend support for any military purposes.

Speaking on La Semanal with the press, he pointed out Haiti’s significance as the Dominican Republic’s second-largest trading partner in terms of exports.

In spite of the unparelled situation in Haiti, Abinader said that trade across the border remained active and was relatively unaffected.

In recent days, armed gangs in Haiti have mobilized against the anticipated arrival of a multinational force, approved by the UN last October and aimed at stabilizing the country.

Haiti expects to receive a large contingent from Kenya around the last week of this month, with troops also coming from Jamaica, the Bahamas, and other Caribbean islands.

These protests have been organized by the armed coalition Vivre Ensemble (Living Together) under the leadership of former Haitian police officer Jimmy Cherisier, also known as ‘Barbecue.’

With the Transition Committe taking over the running of Haiti until proper elections can be arranged, ‘Barbecue’ has indicated that he wants the gangs to be incorporated into government plans going forward, however it seems unlikely that this will happen.

President Abinader also mentioned his own country’s progress in combating corruption, stressing the need to persist in this endeavor.

Addressing concerns about undocumented Haitians detained by immigration authorities, Abinader acknowledged widespread allegations that Haitian individuals have been able to avoid deportation to  Haiti by paying approximately US $250 as a personal bribe to immigration officers.

Sources: Dominican Today, Listin Diario.
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