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Haiti - Chile : President Bachelet addresses the issue of illegal Haitians in her country
28/03/2017 09:51:14

Haiti - Chile : President Bachelet addresses the issue of illegal Haitians in her country
On Monday at the National Palace, President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, received the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20475-haiti-politics-official-visit-to-haiti-of-the-president-of-chile.html

The two Heads of State first held a bilateral meeting during which they discussed the strengthening of cooperation. President Moïse then expressed his willingness to work with Chile to revitalize the political relations between the two states.

President Moïse also took the opportunity to present his vision of the development of Haiti, the priority areas of intervention of his Administration, the main objectives he sets himself for his five-year term, and his desire to find lasting solutions to the problems that confront Haiti.

President Bachelet discussed with her counterpart the migratory crisis in Latin America in general and in particular the arrival in her country of tens of thousands of Haitians who arrive with tourist visas of 90 days and who remain illegally in Chile https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-18331-haiti-social-stampede-of-thousands-of-illegal-haitians-in-chile.html to escape the economic problems and lack of work in Haiti.

Aware of the situation Jovenel Moïse said "they are about 60,000 and we will see what we can do to give them papers so that they can regularize their situation..."

President Bachelet's visit to the National Palace ended with the signing of a supplementary agreement to the basic agreement for scientific and technical cooperation for the equivalence of studies at the level of basic and medium-level education or of comparable level, within the institutions officially recognized and in conformity with the legislation in force, sanctioned by educational certificates, diplomas or other documents authentic, issued by the institutions of both countries.

"There are many Haitians in Chile, so we signed an agreement to standardize their studies," Moise said. "Foreign ministers from both countries agreed to recognize the equivalence of primary formations and secondary [...]"

Beyond the immigration crisis, the visit of Bachelet coincides with the organization in the countries of Latin America of the withdrawal of the blue helmets of the Minustah. Chile still has a dozen officers and 340 soldiers in Haiti, heavy machinery and several helicopters. "We have asked that Chile leave some equipment to our military and also train our young soldiers, as Ecuador did," said Senator Latourue stating "We must develop a national capacity so that in case of disasters, Haiti has its own force to begin work pending the arrival of international aid."

Following her meeting at the National Palace, President Bachelet, want to Cap-Haitien where she visited the Chilean troops of the "Batallón Carrera", a few weeks before the announced withdrawal of the Chilean Peace Forces https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20161-haiti-security-chilean-navy-will-withdraw-its-battalion-from-haiti.html

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