Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep. ask US for support in Haiti crisis

Panama City, Oct 20 (EFE).- Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic mentioned Wednesday they anticipate a “more effective participation” from the United States to search out options to the crisis in Haiti.

They mentioned it was obligatory to assist the nation and promote infrastructure and reforestation plans that create jobs to discourage the emigration of its residents.

The presidents of Panama Laurentino Cortizo; Costa Rica’s Carlos Alvarado, and

the Dominican Republic’s Luis Abinader mentioned the agenda of points addressed throughout the framework of the Alliance for the Strengthening of Democratic Institutionality.

This was formalized by the three international locations in September throughout the United Nations General Assembly and which had its first assembly Wednesday on the Panamanian capital.

This Alliance “is a political gesture that results in action in various spheres,” mentioned the Costa Rican president, who added that the “three sister countries that share values ??of democracy coming together to form this alliance in democracy is something worth highlighting” in these advanced occasions.

Panama and Costa Rica are transit international locations for the tens of hundreds of Haitians who’ve undertaken a journey on foot to North America, particularly the US. In addition, the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s neighbor, can be a vacation spot for this immigration.

According to Panamanian information, greater than 107,000 migrants, the bulk Haitians, have crossed the nation this 12 months, an unprecedented quantity. They threat their lives throughout the complete journey, which includes a dozen international locations, however particularly when crossing the Darien jungle, the border of Panama and Colombia.

“We are talking about an unsustainable problem,” mentioned Cortizo, including that by the tip of this 12 months 150,000 migrants are projected to go by Panama, which welcomes them at reception stations the place they take biometric information and provide them meals and well being companies.

“The role of the United States is very important” in the decision of the (Haitian) crisis. This is a regional drawback, the options must be regional and we anticipate from the US a way more efficient participation, with concrete measures,” the Panamanian president mentioned.

The alliance proposed to “the worldwide group the execution of pressing actions such because the disarmament and pacification of the inhabitants and the strengthening of safety, set up a complete plan for the event and development of public infrastructure that generates large employment and thus decrease migration; the assertion learn.

Abinader mentioned the pacification of Haiti is a “preamble for free and transparent elections” and for growth plans, “and in that sense the US obviously due to its economic level, political and military power is the main government that can achieve, together with us, those changes in Haiti”.

“We are going to follow up these recommendations (of the Alliance), our ambassadors in Washington will go to Congress to discuss these proposals, they will also go to the different thought centers, they will approach the State Department, they will give a spatial follow-up,” the Dominican president mentioned. EFE

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