SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) —Security along the border between the
Dominican Republic and Haiti has been increased following plans by the United Nations
to withdraw is peacekeepers, MINUSTAH from Haiti.
On Friday, Defense minister Rubén Darío Paulino said the number of Dominican troops
will be gradually increased all along 391-kilometer border until November.
“On November 7, they’ll be withdrawn (Peacekeepers) entirely, we as armed forces will
deploy the necessary equipment of both the Army and Border Security to strengthen
our border. We are in sufficient capacity to do so,” he said.
Paulino’s statement follows a warning from National Investigations Department
(DNI) director Siegfried Pared that the withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti
would force beefed up surveillance along the border.
Last week, the head of the United Nations Stabilization mission Sandra Honoré,
said the mission will cease operations in Haiti within six months.
Addressing the United Nations Security Council, Honoré said that the progress
achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti’s stabilisation process is notable and
it “is therefore timely to reshape the partnership among the international
community, the United Nations and Haiti with a view to ensuring the sustainability
of this progress.
The UN mission, established in June 2004 by a UN Security Council resolution,
succeeded a Multinational Interim Force (MIF) after then President Bertrand
Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict, which
spread, to several cities across the country.
In January 2010, the Security Council, by resolution, endorsed the Secretary-
General’s recommendation to increase the overall force levels of MINUSTAH to
support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in the
Following the completion of Presidential elections in 2011, MINUSTAH has been
working to fulfill its original mandate to restore a secure and stable environment,
to promote the political process, to strengthen Haiti’s government institutions
and rule-of-law-structures, as well as to promote and to protect human rights.