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Dom Rep hits back, cancels meeting with Haiti after CARICOM intervention

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2013 | 2:10 PM

The Dominican Republic has announced that it would no longer meet with Haitian officials to talk about a court ruling that could strip citizenship from those born to migrants living there.

The decision comes a day after the Caribbean Community criticized the ruling and said it would defer a request from the Dominican Republic to become a member of the trade bloc.

Dominican Republic Presidential Minister Gustavo Montalvo said the government cancelled a meeting scheduled for Saturday in Venezuela because it feels Haiti violated an earlier agreement to prioritise bilateral dialogue in the case.

The September court ruling states that those born in the Dominican Republic since 1929 to foreigners living illegally in the country are not automatically granted citizenship.

Advocates have said some 200,000 people could lose their citizenship and documents they need to work or attend school.

In a preliminary report, the Dominican Republic government said only about 24,000 people would be affected.


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