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19/06/2013 09:58:43

Haiti - Economy : Dominican Republic is considering measures against Haiti
After two weeks of dialogue of the deaf and confusion, followed by the failure of negotiations on Monday between Dominican and Haitian Commissions, aimed to obtain of the Haitian authorities to lift of the export ban in Haiti pf poultry products from the Dominican Republic, President Danilo Medina warned Tuesday that he will seek a solution to this unjustified ban, since the Dominican Republic does not have bird flu (H5N1) on its territory according to the certification of the Pan American Health Organization Health Organization (PAHO) and that he could take drastic measures if Haiti does not lift its export ban in Haiti of poultry and eggs coming from his country.

President Medina recalled that on Monday, the Haitian government had asked a delay to remedy the situation, without specifying that delay and know ; that he will meet on Wednesday, Luis Ramon Rodriguez, Minister of Agriculture and producers of chickens and eggs in the country to address the issue and find options. He indicated that following these meetings, in possession of all the information, he take the decisions imposed by this situation... "We must find a solution to this problem so that there is no dependence on the market with the production of chickens and eggs." [The Haitian market represents 30% of Dominican exports of poultry and eggs].

"Everyone knows the interests of its country and how it must defend them. But here, what are the interests involved ?[...]" wonders the Dominican President, believing that this provision responds to economic and non-health interests... Recall that under the Treaty of the World Trade Organization (WTO), signed by the both Nations, import ban should be based on health reasons, which opens the way to a WTO complaint if this option was chosen by our neighbors. However, the Dominican Republic could choose other faster-effect measurements on Haiti... The sectors involving companies and Haitian nationals in the Dominican Republic are very numerous, excluding aids and bilateral cooperation, the migration aspects are so many potential targets for President Medina...

For his part, Wilson Laleau, acting Minister of Commerce and Industry, maintain that the measures adopted by the Haitian government, are simple measures that generally are applied when there is a problem of health concerns ; although Haiti has since admitted having confused the H1N1 (human seasonal flu) and H5N1 (bird flu)...

The only thing we can be sure of is that if diplomacy fails to find a quick solution to this crisis, neither country will be the winner...

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