"Whoever messes with Haiti messes with Venezuela," says Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela - “We are unconditional brothers with the Haitian people and whoever messes with the people of Haiti messes with the people of Venezuela,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview with Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias when speaking of the resumption of discussions with the Dominican Republic.
The Venezuelan president said that he mediated for more than a month so that the Dominican Republic and Haiti could agree to restart the bilateral discussion on a series of issues between the two countries. These issues are on trade, border security, migration and notably a Constitutional Court ruling that stripped citizenship to Dominicans of foreign origin.
Maduro said in the interview that Venezuela would appoint a special envoy who qualifies to “truly” help in the mediation in the Dominican-Haitian conflict, so that “the Haitian people are guaranteed their fundamental rights.”
The Haitians “are our older brothers, they are our dear brothers, and fortunately the Dominican Republic has shown wisdom and has established a time-line starting now.”