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Dominican Republic gives Haiti 48 hours to resolve conflict over
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The Government of the Dominican Republic gave a 48-hour ultimatum to Haiti on Tuesday to resolve the conflict that arose around the border river, called Masacre, otherwise it would order the total closure of the land, sea and air borders.

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The Government of Luis Abinader made the decision in the midst of what they call the threat posed by the plan of Haitian groups to divert the waters of the Masacre River and it is a new measure, part of those adopted on Monday morning, by the Security Council Dominican national.

Likewise, the package of measures provides for the definitive suspension of the issuance of visas to Haitians, “until further notice,” and the prohibition of entry into the country of all those involved in the conflict.



Although Luis Abinader's ultimatum enters its first day this Tuesday, the total closure of the border on the border with Dajabón continues without variation.

Despite the escalation, Abinader said he trusts that "sensibility" prevails and there is a solution to the Haitian construction of a canal to divert water from the bordering Masacre River.

"I don't want to be optimistic and naive (...) I hope that common sense prevails between now and Thursday," otherwise "we would have no other alternative," said the president.

The president insisted that the Haitian Government does not agree with the construction of the canal either, "it does not have official authorization or support and resources," since it is "a private canal of Haitian businessmen" to bring water to a reserve. and, from there, distribute it to land and farms owned by the group.

However, he reiterated, given the "ungovernable situation" of the neighboring country, the Dominican Republic does not have "a valid interlocutor" on this matter and the Haitian Executive is not in a position to stop the "unacceptable" canal problem.

The Haitian Government has remained silent regarding the decision of the National Security Council of the Dominican Republic.

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