Caribe Tours suspends trips to Haiti due to kidnappings

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Caribe Tours suspends trips to Haiti due to kidnappings

One of the two companies that offer passenger transport services between the Dominican Republic and Haiti decided to paralyze its operations due to insecurity in the latter country, where a bus in Port-au-Prince that departed from Santo Domingo was hijacked last Sunday.

“Caribe Tours has trips to Haiti at the moment paralyzed (…) we held a meeting with the DNI (National Department of Investigations) and they are preparing the place to obtain security from the Haitian Police”The executive vice president of that company, Paúl Guerrero, told Efe this Friday.

He assured that talks are being held between the foreign ministries of the two countries, in which the Dominican embassy in Haiti and the Haitian legation in Santo Domingo also participate.

“We will have a meeting (with Dominican authorities) next week to determine what is going to be done,” added the executive, who recalled that yesterday the Haitian Police “thwarted” the hijacking of a bus belonging to a company from that country.

The Caribe Tours company made four daily trips from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince Y one from the Dominican capital to Cap Haitien (north, the second largest city in Haiti).

Last Sunday, a Metro bus, the other company that travels from the Dominican Republic to Haiti, was hijacked in the Croix-des-Bouquets commune, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

Eight Turkish citizens, eight Haitians and the Dominican driver were traveling in the vehicle. The Haitian National Police assured that the group was kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo armed gang, one of the most powerful of the many in that country.

In that same area, the Dominican diplomat Carlos Guillén Tatis was kidnapped on April 28, who remained in captivity for four days before being released.

The Dominican Republic announced yesterday that it does not negotiate with “terrorists” and that in “no way” will it pay for the ransom of any of its citizens kidnapped in Haiti.

This was expressed in a press conference by the Vice Minister of Consular and Immigration Affairs, Jatzel Román, who announced that “progress” has been made regarding the situation of the Dominican driver, but that not all the available information can be offered to protect the integrity of the kidnapped.

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