Jovenel Moses calls for sovereignty over ideas for building a wall between Haiti and the DR
Port-au-Prince Saturday, December 7, 2019. (WWW.ZONE509.COM) – President Jovenel Moise, ignores the voices in the Dominican Republic calling for the construction of a wall between the two countries ensuring, in an interview with Efe a newspaper Dominican, that he only cares about the affairs of Haiti and maintains the principle of respect for their sovereignty. “I am the president of Haiti. What interests me is to protect the citizens of Haiti. I am interested in working for the development of my country.
I am interested because the 27,750 kilometers of land and nearly 90,000 kilometers of sea are respected. Because that’s what the Constitution says, “said Moise. In a lengthy interview with the same newspaper, the president responded to a question about the election promises of several candidates in the presidential elections of 2020 in the Dominican Republic, who want to emulate US President Donald Trump. with its wall in The border of Mexico.
However, in his response, Moise stressed that the Haitian Constitution stipulates that the Haitian territory must be “respected”. He also mentioned that in a possible new Magna Carta, which he intends to promote, the principle of respect for sovereignty over Haitian territory will be maintained. Similarly, although he stressed that his only interest is what happens inside Haiti’s borders, Moise acknowledged that “the world is a village”. Two presidential candidates of the Dominican Republic who campaign in the minority parties promised to build a wall to separate this country from Haiti, its impoverished neighbor on the island of Hispaniola. One of these candidates is Ramfis Domínguez Trujillo, grandson of the dictator Rafael Trujillo, who ordered in 1937 to kill thousands of Haitians, in what became the massacre of Perejil.
The other is the conservative Quique Antún, leader of the Christian Party of Social Reform (PRSC), a formation founded by former president Joaquín Balaguer, Trujillo’s political heir and who led an authoritarian regime between 1966 and 1978, then returned to state headquarters at a later time. The two politicians warned of an imminent Haitian “invasion” following the deep socio-political crisis in the poorest country in America.
Voices were also heard in favor of the wall among some majority party politicians, but not among the main presidential candidates in the May 2020 elections. Nearly 700,000 Haitians legally reside in the Dominican Republic, a country of 10 million inhabitants, but it is estimated that counting undocumented migrants, the number of Haitian immigrants may exceed one million. The Dominican authorities expelled 57,000 Haitians in 2018, according to official figures, and every month, they continue to expel thousands of immigrants from that country who crossed the border illegally. Haitians in the Dominican Republic work mainly in construction or cane fields.