Dominican Republic tightens border as UN troops leave Haiti


Dominican Today reports that Defense Minister Rubén Darío Paulino announced that the Dominican Republic will continue to reinforce the border in view of the imminent departure of UN peacekeepers (Minustah) in Haiti. He said that they were tightening the border with additional troops to help deter illegal immigrants and smuggling, and to bolster security along the 275-kilometer boundary.

The military commander spoke to reporters during an inspection of the military facilities and conditions of the Dominican soldiers deployed along the border. “This effort is done on instructions from President Danilo Medina and has the objective of checking the social situation of the soldiers, their equipment and wellbeing, as well as checking the state of the facilities for the purpose of refurbishing them.”

The tour started at Fortaleza Beller, Dajabón, and will cover all military posts and checkpoints on the line that divides Haiti from the Dominican Republic.

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