Haitian Gov't Responds to U.S., Canada Travel Warnings

Written by The Office of the Prime Minister

Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:01

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, the Office of the Prime Minister released a statement "vehemently" protesting the heightened travel alerts issued by the United States and Canadian governments.

The Government of the Republic vehemently protests against the warnings issued by the Governments of the United States and Canada, urging their citizens to avoid travel to Haiti as a destination or to show extreme caution for those who live there.

The Government wants to reassure the Haitian diaspora and foreign travelers visiting Haiti that they can, peacefully. And would recall, at the same time, that efforts of the Haitian authorities, on the one hand, to strengthen republican institutions in particular, those involved in the maintenance of public peace and order and secondly, to improve the health system in Haiti, has seen a marked regression of the disease, cholera, under the presidency of Michel Martelly.

The Government through the adoption of the development plan 2012-2016, reiterates its commitment to increase the number of officers of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) to more than 50% and would recall other measures taken in the process of strengthening the police institution and its purification.

These projects are supported exclusively by the international community through the Joint Commission to support the PNH established at the Summit of June 29, 2012 and are against these "Travel warnings" recently published by the United States and Canada that are of moreover, the largest financiers of the PNH.

The national or international community did not applaud the dismantling of the largest network of kidnapping that led to a powerful Haitian businessman, marking the beginning of the end of this practice on the national territory.

As paradoxical as it may seem, it is clear that these warnings are incompatible with progress made in this field and are definitely harmful to the image of the country at a time when the Martelly/ Lamothe administration is combining every effort to put Haiti on the international map.

The Government of the Republic requires interventions affecting security in Haiti and reaffirms to the international community's firm commitment to improving the security climate in Haiti. It would also, for the year 2013, as more investors and travelers swell the ranks of those who are taking advantage of the many benefits of the country that "Haiti is still Open for Business."