June 16, 2021
TRUENEWSBLOG .- President Luis Abinader on Monday asked the Government of Haiti to stop the construction of the irrigation canal on the border river Massacre, while saying that the country has “many options” from the diplomatic point of view to enforce its request.
“They must stop this work,” Abinader said, answering a question from the press as part of the presentation of the National Commitment for the Pact for Water (2021-2036), at the National Palace.
The president also said that the canal will not be able to connect to the river because, as he explained, this requires the construction of a dam, something “very difficult” in the area.
He also said that the country has “many options” from the diplomatic point of view to demand that Haiti stop such work but insisted that it would like “an agreement in that regard,” so he appealed to the wisdom of the neighboring country.
At the same time, he reported that the National Institute of Water Resources (Indrhi) is working on other alternatives in this regard.
Abinader revealed on May 29 that he will present to Haitian authorities the construction of a dam on the Artibonito River, which rises in the Dominican Republic and flows into the border nation.
A day earlier, the two nations agreed to create a technical table for a better understanding of the work carried out in the border area, within the framework of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Agriculture of the Dominican-Haitian Bilateral Joint Commission.
This entity was established within the scope of a joint statement issued by the Bilateral Joint Commission, the result of the meeting held on 27 May in Santo Domingo by the foreign ministers of the two nations.
The Treaty of Peace, Perpetual Friendship and Arbitration signed on February 20, 1929 between the Governments of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, establishes the right of both nations to use the waters of the rivers that are in the border area in a fair and equitable manner.