Dominican president underscores border closure’s role in safeguarding against Haitian criminal gangs

NY.- President Luis Abinader clarified that the closure of the Dominican-Haitian border, ordered by his government on September 15, aims to protect the Dominican Republic from gangs and political extremism originating in Haitian territory that the Haitian government does not recognize.

Abinader stressed that extremist groups and unauthorized gangs operating in Haiti could pose a significant threat to the security of the Dominican Republic if their activities are not controlled. As President, he has the responsibility to safeguard the nation’s security.

During his participation in the World Leaders Forum at Columbia University, Abinader mentioned that he did not want to close the border. However, given the circumstances, it became necessary. The border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti presents unique security challenges.

Abinader explained that his government had previously requested that the Haitian government assume control of the southern side of the border for security reasons. He emphasized that security takes precedence over economic considerations.

Regarding the construction of the canal over the Dajab├│n or Masacre River, Abinader expressed hope for the Haitians to stop their excavations. He highlighted that dialogue is the best way to resolve the crisis and reopen the border. Abinader reiterated that the construction of the canal violates international water treaties, as the majority of the river’s flow passes through Dominican territory.

In terms of the economic impacts of the border closures, Abinader mentioned that the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is working to mitigate these effects, particularly for small-scale commerce.

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