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Haiti, Dominican Republic discuss migration issues

Published on Jan 8, 2014 1:16 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - Haitian and Dominican officials renewed talks on Tuesday after months of tension between the two Caribbean neighbours over migration and trade issues.

Representatives from the two states that share Hispaniola island met in the Haitian border city of Ouanaminthe for the first time since a Dominican court stripped citizenship from more than 250,000 Dominican-born offspring of undocumented Haitians in September, leaving them essentially country-less.

Venezuela brokered the talks on migration concerns, while the European Union, United Nations and the CARICOM regional body played an observatory role.

"While recognising the sovereign right of the Dominican Republic to determine its migratory policy and rules to obtain citizenship, the Haitian side has requested guarantees that tangible measures be taken to safeguard the fundamental human rights of the Haitian people," read a joint statement distributed by the Port-au-Prince government.

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