WASHINGTON, DC – The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today (July 29) recommended the establishment of mechanisms of dialogue between the Dominican Republic and Haiti to resolve the situation in the border zone between the two countries, beginning with a meeting between the two sides.
In addition, the OAS leader proposed seeking mechanisms to help the displaced persons, especially the most vulnerable. In particular, Secretary General Almagro proposed that the OAS facilitate the dialogue and that it support the processes of registration of migrants underway through the Universal Civil Identity Project of the Americas (PUICA).
The five recommendations in the report are:
1. Facilitate a dialogue between the two countries, including the organization of a meeting between the two countries in the most appropriate location accepted by both sides.
2. That the OAS facilitate a dialogue between the two countries, to find paths of solution to the present difficulties.
3. Establish a mechanism of understanding, in the framework of international standards, that allows for the transfer of people between the two countries.
4.Use the good offices of the OAS to strengthen the processes of registration underway, in particular in the support for the Programme d’Identification et de Documentation des Immigrants Haitiens through the Universal Civil Identity Project of the Americas – or “PUICA” OF the OAS.
5.Request that the national authorities and the international community seek mechanisms to help the displaced persons, in particular the most vulnerable.
Secretary General Almagro presented the report to the member states in the Permanent Council of the OAS. The report, compiled on the basis of the observations of the OAS Mission to the two countries from July 9 to 14 headed by the Secretary for Political Affairs, Francisco Guerrero, was sent yesterday to the governments of the Dominican Republic and Haiti simultaneously.