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Statement from the OAS General Secretariat: Call for Dialogue between the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic

  September 26, 2023

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) has been holding consultations with authorities from Haiti and the Dominican Republic regarding the dispute over the construction of a Haitian canal on the Dajabón or Massacre River.

There can be no doubt that Haiti and the Dominican Republic have equal rights of use over the Dajabón or Massacre River and that its water resources are vital for both, given the needs of its inhabitants, especially in the current context of drought. This use must be ensured in accordance with international law and the treaties in force between both countries.

We are confident that both parties have the capabilities to assure the other of good faith to resolve these issues.
In this sense, the OAS General Secretariat offers its support, either directly or through any associated State or subregional organization, to collaborate with all the necessary aspects to resolve the dispute.

This controversy must be resolved based on the principle of good neighborliness and friendship between both countries and their leaders. In this context, dialogue and mutual understanding are imperative, avoiding any tension and working to overcome disagreement.

The current situation does not benefit either party. It is essential that the Dominican and Haitian authorities meet as soon as possible to carry out a frank dialogue, for which the General Secretariat of the OAS and its Secretary General are in the best position to collaborate in the search for a beneficial solution for both countries.

Reference: E-060/23