03/03/2021

The Dominican Armed Forces deployed on the border with Haiti

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The Dominican Armed Forces have deployed 7,200 troops on the border with Haiti and so far this year they intercepted and returned to the neighboring country more than 38,000 Haitians who illegally crossed the territorial division, military sources said this Friday.

“If we need more soldiers, we will use them, so that the country is safe in this part of the territory,” the general commander of the Dominican Republic Army, Julio Ernesto Florián Pérez, told reporters during a tour of the border area.

Major General Florián highlighted that the Dominican military recently caught “some people required” by the Haitian justice system, as well as “some criminals” who were handed over to the National Police of that country in the border province of Dajabón.

The former mayor of Port-au-Prince Ralph Youry Chevry was arrested last Sunday in the city of Dajabón along with former official Wenson Pierre, Haitian police officer Antonine Maquendy and civilian Wiquenesonnt Despiene, because they didn’t have passports or a visa to enter the national territory, the Ministry defense said.

Chevry, against whom an arrest warrant by the Haitian government, has not requested asylum in the Dominican Republic, according to Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez said yesterday, who also affirmed that Haiti has not requested his extradition.

Florián assured that surveillance by air, sea and land will be maintained in order to “provide all security”, as a result of the socio-political situation that Haiti is going through at this time.

“We are vigilant together with the General Directorate of Migration (…) more than 38,000 people who tried to enter the country illegally have already been captured,” said the senior military officer.

Likewise, he warned that “the persecution against undocumented persons who carry out agricultural and construction work is going to begin to be regularized, as the authorities granted a grace to these people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He stressed, in this sense, that the Armed Forces will provide the collaboration of place to the General Directorate of Migration.

Last week, the Ministry of Defense reported through its social networks the reinforcement of surveillance on the border with Haiti, including with the deployment of several Super Tucano fighter jets.

Army troops and armored cars have also been mobilized, as well as vehicles and personnel from the Specialized Corps for Land Border Security (Cesfront).