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Haiti - Politic : Resumption of dialogue, text of the joint statement
08/01/2014 09:04:04

Haiti - Politic : Resumption of dialogue, text of the joint statement
Tuesday, as part of the esumption of dialogue, the first high-level meeting between Haiti and the Dominican Republic was held in the Haitian border town of Ouanaminthe (Juana Mendez) at the headquarters of the "Compagnie de Développement Industriel" (Codevi). The meeting originally scheduled for 11:00 am (Haiti time) finally started around 12:15 pm (Haiti time). After the national anthems of both countries the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe and Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the Dominican Presidency opened the meeting that ended at 6:55 p.m. (Haiti time) by the reading before the journalists, of a joint statement, read first in French by Laurent Lamothe and Spanish by Gustavo Montalvo.

Note that the wording has raised some difficulties between the two Commissions, mainly due to the translation of some French words, which translated into Spanish could be subject to different interpretations, in the eyes of the Dominican...

Text of the joint statement :
"Representatives of the Governments of the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic met in the border town of Ouanaminthe (Juana Mendez), Tuesday, 7 January 2014, as part of the resumption of dialogue initiated by the Presidents Danilo Medina and Michel Martelly to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the second Special ALBA-Petrocaribe Summit.

The two countries agreed to qualify as historical the frank dialogue and progress made in the pursuit of joint solution.

In order to advance a common agenda to both nations, a working methodology and issues to be discussed at the next meeting were approved by the parties during the meeting. It was also agreed that regular meetings will be held every first Monday of the month, alternating in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The next meeting will be held on February 3 in Dominican territory.

Representatives of the two states reaffirmed their common interest to invite representatives of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the European Union, United Nations and CARICOM to take part in various meetings as observers. They will make recommendations and provide their expertise on different topics. It was also agreed to invite in these meetings representatives of the private sectors of both countries who supported for months formal meetings.

The two parties agreed on the reactivation of the Joint Bilateral Commissionto monitor the decisions taken in the framework of the high-level dialogue and to implement previous agreements.

A good part of the meeting was devoted to the issue of migration. Both parties agreed to note that dialogue is taking place with serenity and mutual respect and was frank, constructive and transparent.

While recognizing the sovereign right of the Dominican Republic to determine its migration policy and rules for the granting of nationality, the Haitian party requested requested assurance that concrete measures are taken to safeguard the human rights of people of Haitian origin. Dominican party confirms this warranty.

In addition, the Dominican side announced the adoption in the coming weeks of an additional law that will address all cases not included in the regulation plan.

In any case, both parties agreed that the subject was not exhausted at this meeting and will be discussed again at the next meeting

Both Governments reaffirmed their commitment to regularize the situation of foreign workers in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has announced that the National Council for Migration last week approved a program that will provide a visa to all temporary workers being on the Dominican territory. Haitian party is committed to provide the appropriate identification documents to workers to complete the process.

The Haitian partie raised an additional concern with the issue of Haitian students in the Dominican Republic who are forced to return to Haiti every three months to renew their student visa. The Dominican delegation agreed to evaluate this query.

Moreover, on issues related to sustainability, harmony and proper functioning of trade at the border, the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to organize and regulate binational markets. To this end, the customs authorities of the two countries will finalize an agreement on the organization of these markets. In this sense, the Dominican Republic has offered its full cooperation to the Republic of Haiti in customs matters.

Similarly, it was mentioned and thanked the cooperation of the European Union in this field.

Both governments have agreed to strengthen trade measures on the basis of reciprocity to allow access of products without delay to both markets.

Agricultural authorities of the two countries will continue to work together to share information and decide on appropriate measures to be implemented to maintain adequate institutional relationship in this area.

Also, it was decided that the environmental authorities of the two countries will strengthen their cooperation in order to achieve a comprehensive program of reforestation, especially in border areas.

Finally, the institutions of the two countries in charge of security and intelligence will sign memoranda of understanding for the joint fight against organized crime, drug trafficking and transnational crime.

Attended the meeting :

For the Republic of Haiti Laurent Lamothe Salvador, Prime Minister, Pierre-Richard Casimir, Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Bazile, Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities, Wilson Laleau, acting Minister of Trade and esmy Manigat, Advisor of the Prime Minister.

For the Dominican Republic: Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the Presidency, José Ramón Fadul, Minister of Interior and Police, José del Castillo, Minister of Trade and Industry, José Manuel Trullols, Deputy Minister Acting Chancellor and CesarPina Toribio, Legal Adviser to the Executive ;


attended as observers: Mrs. Veronica Guerrero of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Mario Caivano the European Union, Mr. Peter de Clercq of the United Nations, Mr. Colin Granderson of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ms. Norma Powell of the Haitian private sector.

Ouanaminthe January 7, 2014."

HL/ HaitiLibre

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