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Haiti - Politic : Reframing Haitian-Dominican relations, words of Me Jean Henry Céant
>Words by Me Jean Henry Céant :
"Today, the populations living on the island in its two eastern and western components are facing a new socio-political crisis triggered around the construction of a canal to take on the Massacre River. Approached with pragmatism, discernment and good faith, wise management of this crisis, far from leading to a massacre, can lead leaders to strengthen a shared vision that takes into account the interests of their respective countries. In our quest to find an adequate solution to the various recurring problems which divide the two republics, we call for a great consultation of the Haitian and Dominican Civil Societies which, in their joint, resolved and determined actions, will help us to transform our communication difficulties in opportunities for frank and sincere dialogue to develop fair and equitable approaches. It is time to constitute an island force of common production, joint recovery and galvanization of the humanist sense of each citizen.
To do this, we reiterate our call to key sectors of civil societies in both countries, particularly universities, to assume their historic responsibilities to create a space for discussions conducive to finding adequate responses:
1) To the problem of the Massacre River and the ideal and adapted solution;
2) To the best way to combine efforts to succeed in Haitian-Dominican Entrepreneurship;
3) To the border control for the protection of the two countries and the guarantee of their effective security;
4) Tot the structuring of legal traffic on the territory of the entire island;
5) To the reconstruction of historical sections for a better understanding of mentalities and spontaneous reactions;
6) To the regulations, appeals and penalties in migration matters;
7) To raise awareness of the harms of climate change, protecting
the environment and ecological transition;
8) To the preservation of the common water table and better management of surface water.
The Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are condemned to find the appropriate ingredients for living together while respecting the laws, agreements and specificities of the two countries. We are in reality a space for obligatory sharing but above all a community of interests and united achievements.
Furthermore, in order to maintain a continuous dialogue, we must immediately relaunch the Haitian-Dominican joint commission, ensure that all components of this structure are operational, while taking the opportunity to resolve all disputes with a view to sustainable harmonization relations between the two brotherly countries.
Wars lead to the cemetery but living together leads to happiness."