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Fuel Crisis: Dominican Republic Closes Border Citing 'Explosive' Situation in Haiti

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On Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, announced the temporary closure of the Haitian-Dominican border.

Update: Edwin Paraison, former Consul General to the Dominican Republic, currently living there, on Thursday morning corrected the record. Mr. Paraison said the D.R. is not closing the border but significantly reinforcing it.

Mr. Paraison said the Foreign Minister used language that could lend itself to confusion when he made the announcement. A word that can be interpreted as a closing of a border, but not legally constituting that was used. Nonetheless, travel across the border will be restricted.

"We are taking this decision because of the explosive situation in Haiti in recent days, a consequence of the fuel shortage that is unsettling our Haitian neighbors," said the Dominican minister.

The Dominican minister gave the smuggling of petroleum products from the DR into Haiti as his reasoning. Beyond that he believes the violence in the west to demand President Jovenel Moise resign could have an impact on the DR.

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