The Dominican Republic has rejected an offer by the Organization of American States to organize talks with Haiti on resolving a tense dispute over citizenship and legal residency.
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro on Wednesday proposed that the OAS plan a meeting between the Caribbean neighbors “to find paths of solution,” among other recommendations.
But Dominican Foreign Minister Andres Navarro said his government never requested OAS mediation. He said the Dominican Republic is ready to resume talks once Haiti “abandons its attitude to discredit the Dominican Republic.”
Dominican authorities have asserted that Haiti is spearheading an international campaign to make them look bad.
In 2013, a Dominican court ruled children born in the country to non-citizens didn’t qualify for automatic citizenship. Most of those affected are Haitians or of Haitian descent.