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Haiti - FLASH : DR closes its land, sea and air borders with Haiti (goods and passengers)
15/09/2023 08:48:22

Haiti - FLASH : DR closes its land, sea and air borders with Haiti (goods and passengers)
Thursday September 14, 2023, the 2nd day of meeting between the Dominican and Haitian authorities to discuss (behind closed doors) the conflict arising from the construction of an irrigation canal in Haiti with a water intake on the Massacre River, considered as illegal by the Dominicans, but legally for the Haitians, ended after several hours of intense exchanges. Representatives from both countries left the Foreign Ministry without any comments.

The Dominican President, Luis Abinader, at the end of the ultimatum granted to Haiti, https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-40478-haiti-flash-the-dominican-government-announces-measures-and-issues-an-ultimatum-to-haiti-canal-river-massacre.html announced that the border of the Dominican Republic with Haiti will be completely closed from Friday September 15, 2023, 6:00 a.m. "[...] The borders of the Dominican Republic, whether land, sea or air, will be closed [...] as long as necessary [...]" adding "In any case, we are continuing discussions with the Haitian government Abinader stressed that "if there are (elements) that are uncontrollable, for the Haitian Government, they will not be uncontrollable for the Government of the Dominican Republic [...]" However, the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs specifies that the Dominican Government will return to the negotiating table only when construction work on the canal is stopped.

The Civil Aviation Council (JAC) of the Dominican Republic, by virtue of the powers granted to it by law, issued Resolution 191-2023, in which it suspends all air operations of cargo and passengers to and coming from Haiti, José confirmed. Marte Piantini, President of the JAC. It recalls that Article 9 of the International Civil Aviation Convention (Chicago Convention), establishes that each State reserves the right, in exceptional circumstances, in times of emergency or in the interest of public security , to temporarily restrict or prohibit flights throughout its territory with immediate effect.

For its part, the Port Authority informs that transit operations for goods stored or received in Dominican ports and whose final destination is Haiti are suspended.

The bus company Caribe Tours, which transports 4 to 5 passenger buses every day, complied with the presidential provision and to date no longer makes any trips to Haiti.

In the case of Pedernales, where there is informal maritime fishing activity, Haitian fishermen no longer have access to Dominican territorial waters, because the Dominican navy monitors the area.

Joel Santos Echavarría, the Minister of the Dominican Presidency announced that given the closure of the border, the Dominican Government in order to support local vegetable production, will purchase perishable products which are exported to Haiti during binational markets such as eggs, chickens, peppers, eggplants, beans and onions, which will be used in the Government's social plans through economic canteens.

Read also on the Haiti Irrigation Canal affair :

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