President Abinader explains case of diverting river waters in Haiti; calls for low-cost funds for middle-income nations


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Feb 20, 2019

President Luis Abinader explained during the General Debate of the United Nations on 20 September 2023 the threats the diverting of a river canal in Haiti represents for the environment and the population of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The river begins in Loma de Cabrera, Dajabón province and flows northward for 55 km, entering for around two kilometers into Haitian territory and then continuing through Dominican territory until its waters flow into Manzanilla Bay. The river waters are key for farms in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic on Friday, 15 September 2023 closed entry from Haiti by land, air and sea after the Haitian government allowed the resuming of the construction of the canal that violates the 1929 Peace and Perpetual Friendship and Arbitration Treaty on river water use by both countries.

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