PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian and Dominican officials met Tuesday in an effort to resolve mounting tension between the Caribbean neighbors that was reflected in a recent court ruling that threatens to strip the citizenship of people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic.
The talks are part of a new binational commission that aims to discuss issues including commerce, migration, the environment and border security. The countries share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
But the main topic under discussion was a September court ruling that threatens to revoke citizenship from thousands of people living in the Dominican Republic who are mostly of Haitian descent. They could be sent to Haiti even though they weren’t born there.
“The Haitian government is asking for concrete measures to be taken to protect the fundamental rights of people of Haitian origin,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said in a prepared statement following the talks at an industrial park in the Haitian border town of Ouanaminthe. “The Dominican government made this guarantee.”
Then he added: “The two parties recognize that this subject was not neglected” in the talks.