2005News

Mona Passage to be blockaded

The Dominican Navy has announced that it proposes to blockade the Mona Passage that separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico over the Christmas season. The blockade is supposed to cover the most vulnerable points of the Dominican coastline, most specifically the area facing the Mona Passage. The Dominican Navy will also be cooperating with United States Coast Guard units. The objective is to control the illegal movement of people between the DR and Puerto Rico which always seems to increase as the Christmas season approaches. Diario Libre says that Vice-Admiral Cesar de Windt, the CINCNAV (Commander in Chief, Navy) of the Dominican Navy, said that the more northernly breezes give the seas a deceptively calm appearance and seems to entice more people to attempt illegal trips. Unfortunately the seas are quite rough within the passage.