Dominican Minister of Defense denies security risk increase after departure of UN troops in Haiti

April 22, 2017
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The Minister of Defense of the Dominican Republic, Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem, denies media suggestions that the Departure of the United Nations Security  forces in Haiti will pose a security threat to the Dominican republic. 

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti since 2004, will be over in the next six months

The unusual denied at such a high governmental level came after the director of the National Investigations Department, suggested that security at all border entry points be strengthened to prevent a flow of undocumented Haitian nationals from entering on dominican soil. 

Paulino Sem reported that since last week he began an operation with the General Directorate of Migration and Specialized Border Security Corps, through which some 7,000 Haitians who have tried to cross the border illegally have been returned home.

Haitian President wants the "hypocrisy to cease", so Haitian diaspora can fully be integrated

April 22, 2017
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Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by First Lady Martine Moïse and Prime Minister Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant participated on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Karibe Convention Center, Launch of the National Diaspora Day, which took place this year on the theme: "Advocacy for a better integration of the Diaspora".

In the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship (MAEC), Mr. Antonio Rodrigue, the Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT), the Minister of ...

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Haitian Senator-elect, Guy Philippe, to plead guilty on drug trafficking and money laundering charges

April 22, 2017
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Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe who was arrested earlier this year and extradited to the United States on a number of drug trafficking and money laundering charges, is expected to plead guilty, court documents show.

Philippe's whose trial is scheduled to start May 1, before his extradition was for over a decade the subject of an international arrest warrant by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Haitian President visits the country's largest cereal production company

April 21, 2017
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Haitian President Jovenel Moise, visited this Thursday, the cereal production company, Caribbean Food Manufacturing, located in Santo 17.
These series of visits to agro-industries are part of the Executive's efforts to encourage local production and express solidarity with entrepreneurs who are fighting to revive the sector.

"We will work to encourage corn production across the country, including the South, a major corn producer, and other departments. W...

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Brussels announces additional €63.5 million to support Haiti's reconstruction following hurricane Matthew

April 21, 2017
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During his official visit to the country following the appointment of the new Caribbean Executive, 
European Development Commissioner Neven Mimica has announced an additional € 63.5 million package to support the reconstruction of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, which had ravaged the southern peninsula of the country and risk plunging what used to be called the "bread basket of Haiti" into famine, more than six months after the storms.

Of the package, $ 18.5 million is a "special" allocat...

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Haitian ambassador to Mexico met with Tijuana mayor and visited Haitian community

April 21, 2017

On Thursday, Haitian ambassador to Mexico, Guy Lamothe, accompanied with the Mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastelum, as well as officials of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the National Institute of Migration (INAMI), visited one of the largest community of Haitian immigrants in Mexico.

The visit was part of a larger effort by the Mexican government to highlight its recent steps to deal with the unprecedented number of Haitian nationals who came from Brazil in the hope of getting an asylum i...

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Haitian President takes steps to rebuild National Palace, destroyed during 2010 earthquake

April 20, 2017
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Great, imposing and grandiose! A national palace identical architecturally to the one destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. At the same time, a National Palace adapted to the reality of the country and that respects modern building standards. This is the palace that Jovenel Moise expects from the commission of seven members to work and reflect on the reconstruction of the official residence of Haitian heads of state. At the National Palace on Wednesday morning, in the presence of r...

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Haiti wants to have Its own army "urgently" after the departure of U.N Stabilization Mission

April 20, 2017

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heir heads held high and chests puffed out, a group of nearly 100 Haitian men in camouflage fatigues do jumping jacks or march around an abandoned U.N. compound on a recent morning. But after a few drills, they seek shelter from the blazing sun in the absence of anything else to do.

As U.N. military peacekeepers prepare for a full exit from this Caribbean nation, this small engineering corps is the first wave of Haiti's efforts to try and revive a military force some 22 years after a national...

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Chile extends the stay of some of its soldiers in Haiti for two more months

April 19, 2017
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The chilean Senate yesterday, has authorized the extension of a limited number of Chilean peacekeepers in Haiti to secure the transfer of machinery, vehicles and heavy equipment from the definitive withdrawal of the military contingent.

According to information released today by the Senate, the letter approved by the Senate extends the stay in Haiti of three officers and 55 Chilean soldiers, about 10% of the total contingent, until June 30, two months more than the originally established term....

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Alberto Despradel to be appointed as Dominican ambassador in Haiti for second time

April 19, 2017
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The leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) Alberto Despradel (Chico) is expected to be appointed today as the new Dominican ambassador in Haiti.

Chico Despradel has previously served as Dominican Ambassador to Haiti  during the government of the ex- president Hipólito Mejía and is considered like a man of confidence of the current chancellor Miguel Vargas Maldonado.

A source revealed that Despradel would be appointed by President Danilo Medina.

Despradel who is said to be very knowl...

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