Security increased with the withdrawal of UN Peacekeepers at the Haiti & Dominican Republic borders

Create: 04/25/2017 - 06:11

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“On November 7, they’ll be withdrawn (Peacekeepers) entirely, we as armed forces will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.




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