Dominican Republic Questions Haiti’s Willingness to Resolve Conflict and Raises Concerns about Issued Statement

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Foreign Minister, Roberto Álvarez, has expressed doubts about the will of the Haitian side to resolve the current conflict between both nations. He stated during a press conference that he questions whether there is a genuine desire on the part of Haiti to address the current situation.

Minister Álvarez emphasized that no Dominican soldier has violated Haitian territory and referred to the actions taken by Haitian citizens on the border as “provocations.” He explained that Haitian groups were stationed near the province of Dajabón on the border, where they dug a ditch in Dominican territory, burned tires, and vandalized a border marker (pyramid number 13).

He criticized a statement issued by Haitian authorities that blamed the Dominican military for inciting and provoking Haitian groups.

The Dominican government has called on the Haitian authorities to assume control of their territory and avoid further aggravating the situation. They have also requested public confirmation from the Haitian government that they do not question the current border delimitation based on agreements from the 1920s and 1930s.

Minister Álvarez reiterated the Dominican government’s willingness to engage in dialogue to resolve the crisis, but warned that they will take the necessary measures to preserve territorial integrity and maintain order and security.

The situation along the Dominican-Haitian border has been tense due to disputes over border demarcations and the construction of a canal on the Haitian side of the border, leading to increased military presence and incidents in the region.

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