People transport goods such as sugarcane from the Dominican Republic to Haiti in December 2022. Photo by Onz Chéry for The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The Haitian government vowed to continue an irrigation project as a sovereign nation, two days after Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader announced his intent to close the two countries’ shared border. Even as it called for dialogue between the two countries, the Haitian government exhorted its sovereignty, right to exploit its own resources and more dialogue, the note issued Sept. 13 said. 

“The Republic of Haiti can sovereignly decide on the exploitation of its natural resources,” the note continued. “The Government of the Republic of Haiti will take all necessary measures to protect the interests of the Haitian people.”


Since the start of the resumption of the construction of the Maribaroux canal by the inhabitants of the northern region of the country, the government has taken a position for the first time.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.