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28/03/2015 13:43:30

Haiti - Politic : A Joint Bilateral Meeting «successful and promising»
Friday, in a press conference after the meeting of the High Level Joint Bilateral Commission held in Santo Domingo, Pierre Brutus, Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Dominican counterpart Andrés Navarro have expressed their satisfaction at the success of this meeting they described as "successful and promising." Discussions focused among others on migration, security, transport, trade and agriculture...

Chancellor Navarro recalled that the National Plan for Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE) in an irregular migratory situation in the Dominican Republic (free) will end June 17, 2015, after 18 months of operation and thereafter, his country will comply on matter of migration, to the Dominican Constitution and laws and protocols and procedures for "if necessary", perform rappatriations, respecting human rights.

Brutus Chancellor, said that the immigration issue has been widely discussed with his Dominican counterpart and stated that Haiti is taking steps to be ready when will expire the PRNE "Haiti is open to dialogue with the Dominican Republic. We have to deal with things calmly, faced with this situation. We receive support from the European Union, the United States and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)," without giving further details.

The Minister Brutus announced that next April, the Haitian government will open offices in Dominican cities of Santiago (Center), Barahona (South) and in Higuey (east), to accelerate the process of document delivery to our compatriots living in the neighboring countries, to enable them to apply to the PNRE.

"I have no doubt that we will move forward on this and other points, because we share the same territory and will always be neighbors," declared the Chief of the Haitian diplomacy, which guaranteed that the agreements between the government and the Dominican Republic will be respected by future Haitian authorities.

Furthermore, the Chancellor Brutus affirmed that his government had never denounced or alleged xenophobic and racist practices by the Dominican people against Haitian nationals residing in the neighboring country stating "What we have said, concerned a small extremist group in the Dominican Republic [...] the best proof is that we are here to work with the Dominican Government."

As for the temporary ban imposed on Haiti Dominican fruits and vegetables, following the local appearance of the Mediterranean fruit fly, the Minister Brutus said the agriculture ministers of the two countries work together to achieve in the coming days "positive results" on this subject.

Both Chancellor also announced that next Monday, will begin meetings in both countries to discuss the insecurity experienced by Dominicans freight carriers in Haiti. They also said that in the coming weeks, the defense ministries of the two nations will sign a cooperation agreement and that their respective national police will work in a more direct manner and coordinated to address mainly cross-border crime.

Regarding the PNRE Luis Fernández, said that so far more than 175,000 applications in total were recorded in the 24 offices of PNRE spread on the Dominican territory. It is estimated that by June 17 end date PNRE the initial objective of 200,000 registration will undoubtedly exceeded.

In the second week of April, a batch of about 500 regularization cards will be issued to immigrants who have met the requirements among 3,000 cases analyzed, whereas until now only more than 300 people have regularized their immigration status.

Luis Fernández, the Deputy Minister of Immigration and Naturalization said the registration in PNRE , does not mean that all applicants will be legalized. Only eligible persons who meet the criteria as established by Decree Law 169-14 will be.

Recall once again to our countrymen, that to benefit from PNRE, it is necessary in adition to have identification documents, that the applicant proves by official documents he resided in the Dominican Republic before 19 November 2011. Evidence already difficult to obtain for Haitians that meet the date criteria (that is not the only requirement), but impossible for those who seek adventure every day, lulled by false hopes maintained by Haitian smugglers who get rich on the ignorance of our compatriots. The only immediate benefit to a compatriot to register for PNRE is to benefit from the current deportation moratorium until June 17, by producing evidence that he enrolled in Regulation Plan.

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