Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Opposition senators tackle government on honour to Dom Rep president

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 1:07 PM
Danilo Medina Sanchez (right), president of the Dominican Republic, is conferred with the Order of Excellence for his contribution to development in the Caribbean by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during a November 27 state luncheon at King’s House.

The government was tackled in the Senate for its decision to confer the Order of Excellence on President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina Sánchez.

On Monday, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen conferred the Order of Excellence on President Medina, while Prime Minister Holness was awarded the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella by President Medina.

The governor general said President Medina was being recognised for his contribution to Caribbean development.

However, this morning, opposition senator Floyd Morris raised questions about the bestowing of the national honour on President Medina in light of the continued displacement being faced by Haitians born in the Dominican Republic.

He said he hoped the Government raised the citizenship issue being faced by Haitians with the president of the Dominican Republic while he was here.

He was supported by his opposition colleague, Lambert Brown, who said the decision to confer the Order of Excellence on President Medina was premature.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith insisted that the Jamaican government continues dialogue with Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

 

Foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson Smith

Late last month, the International Organisation for Migration said more than 229,000 Haitians had either returned voluntarily or were deported from the Dominican Republic to Haiti since June 2015.