I agree with most of your statement. A political calculation for re-election as well, a necessary step to put Haiti and the rest of the world om notice that the status quo isn't good enough. The Headwaters of the river are in the DR and it could be diverted from Haiti. Shared use of a limited resource almost always causes conflict.Anybody aware of the DR-Haiti border problems knew something like this was an eventuality. President Abinader has run out of diplomatic options and is finally drawing the line in the sand. Keeping the border closed will sharpen the international focus on the Haitian situation and the need for intervention. His actions maybe the catalyst the UN needs to approve the overdue Kenyan military intervention and Haitian refugee assistance through the UN-HCR.
Someone posted the people behind the water diversion project are doing it to create internal conflict in Haiti. That’s blatantly redundant given the collapse of the government and rise in gang violence during the past two years. Life in Haiti simply can’t get any worse.
I’m hoping President Abinader holds fast with the border closure and the UN blinks. The bloated members at the UN General Assembly financial trough need a rude awakening. Abinader is already the front runner in the next presidential election. If his actions result in any degree of resolution to the border problem, it will guarantee his presidency for another four years.
As much as I sympathize with the plight of the general Haitian population who I suspect just what peace and the ability to live a normal life, they are victims of their own demise. I think Luis thought long and hard about his decision and it wasn’t an easy one. He knows how ineffectual the current Haitian government is and closing the border was his only option. More to the point, I don’t think he cares about the negative international attention. He’s putting the interests of his citizens ahead of all else. One of the attributes of a good politician.
This is not about the canal or the previous DR-Haiti water use agreements. The DR government could easily divert the water flow below the new canal. International agreements are only effective if there is a credible government in power to enforce the agreement on both sides of the border. This is about the long term cultural, social, and economic survival of the DR.