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Haiti - Dominican Republic : The Dominican hard right opposed to the resumption of dialogue
03/01/2014 10:02:37

Haiti - Dominican Republic : The Dominican hard right opposed to the resumption of dialogue
Recall that during the meeting between President Michel Martelly and his Dominican counterpart Danilo Medina during the 9th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA-TCP, Petrocaribe) last December under the auspices of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, it was agreed the need for the resumption of dialogue between the two countries and the establishment of a Joint High Level Committee to discuss issues of common concern to both countries, in which the two countries have differences especially on the decision of the constitutional Court Dominican (TC168-13).

The announcement of the first meeting of the High Level Commission between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on January 7 in uana Mendez (North-East of Haiti), has provoked sharp reactions of FNP (National Progressive Force) and its radical leader Me Vinicio Castillo and tensions within the Dominican political class.

NPF leader appealed to President Danilo Medina, in order to suspend dialogue with Haiti. To justify its decision, it evokes among others the recent statement of President Maduro who said "We are unconditional brothers of the Haitian people [...] those who put themselves with the people of Haiti, put with the Venezuelan people," statement that Vinicio Castillo interpreted as a thinly veiled threat implying that that which is against Haiti is against Venezuela... He says that Venezuela is biased in his statements in support of Haiti and can not provide an objective mediation.

Furthermore, it considers that the response letter, sent last month to President Medina by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Parsad Bissessar, current President of the CARCOM, is an affront to the sovereignty of the Dominican Republic, this letter which mentions among other "the issue of denationalization of people from 1929 to 2010 should be treated immediately. That is why I reiterate my call to your place to exercise a courageous and decisive leadership by taking immediate steps to restore the Dominican nationality to persons who were denationalized [...] In addition, any obligation to naturalize these people is inconsistent with the standards and principles by which the frameworks of naturalization represent a means for foreign nationals to acquire citizenship. This is not applicable in this case. Therefore, I urge you to take steps to immediately return the Dominican nationality to persons who were denationalized."

For Me Vinicio Castillo the only necessary response is "suspend these dialogues sponsored by Venezuela, because it is not sincere or respectful of our Constitution and our laws, but it is a crude mechanism to impose conditions, which can not be accepted [...]"

Recall that an initial agreement of dialog was signed on 19 November between the two neighboring republics through mediation of Venezuela https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9948-haiti-denationalisation-the-dialogue-only-way-for-reasonable-solution.html After the decision of the CARICOM, November 26, to suspend the application for membership of the Dominican Republic within the organization https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9959-haiti-denationalisation-statement-of-the-caricom-on-the-dominican-decision.html and the statement of the President Martelly on the judgment of the Constitutional Court Dominican https://www.haitilibre.com/article-9966-haiti-denationalisation-position-du-gouvernement-haitien-discours.html (in french) ; Gustavo Montalvo, the Minister of the Dominican Presidency stated that the actions of the Government of Haiti had broken the agreement of November 19, 2013 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9969-haiti-denationalisation-according-to-the-dominican-republic-haiti-has-broken-the-dialogue.html what ended prematurely the dialogue process

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