CARICOM SG and Haitian Foreign Minister call for greater international involvement in Haiti DR migration issue

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CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson in rapt attention as Haiti Foreign Minister Lener Renault makes a point during their meeting at his office in Port au Prince on Monday

Haiti’s Foreign Minister the Honourable Lener Renaud and Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque agreed on the need for greater involvement by the international community in the matter involving the repatriation and deportation of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic.

The Secretary-General met with the Foreign Minister at his office in Port au Prince on Monday as he continued his visit to Haiti and CARIFESTA XII. Foreign Minister Renaud brought Ambassador LaRocque and CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson up to date on the situation at the borders between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The Haitian Foreign Minister thanked the Secretary-General for CARICOM’s continuing support. Ambassador LaRocque informed Mr Renaud that the Community was actively urging the United Nations to establish an on the ground monitoring system at the borders to ensure, among other things, that the process of repatriation does not infringe the human rights of the migrants.