Update on the Masacre River canal construction conflict with Haiti


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Feb 20, 2019

The conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti over diverting the Masacre River waters that divide both countries continues. The Dominican government has asked for a stop to the constructing of a canal that farmers in the Dominican Republic say would affect their use of the waters. President Luis Abinader says that Haitian President Ariel Henry has said he understands the predicament but cannot control the group that is going ahead with the construction. Reports are that the Haitian military custody the construction enabling its progress.

Listin Diario shared the clause of a 1929 agreement between both countries that bans the channeling of the waters in detriment to one or the other country. “Because rivers and other water courses arise in the territory of one state and flow through the territory of the other or serve as boundaries between the two states, both...

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