Dominican Republic, Haiti partner to bolster narcotics fight

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Haitian and Dominican officials agreed to coordinate efforts to fight narco-trafficking on the island the two countries share. The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) said it would share logistical and technical resources with its Haitian counterparts to track and intercept drug shipments to the island of Hispaniola. Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, who heads the directorate, said President Leonel Fernández instructed the Dominican military to share resources to help Haiti fight drug trafficking. “The president of the republic has expressed a clear desire to organize training as required and share the resources of the defense system of the Dominican Republic to help in this common struggle,” he said as the agreements were announced on April 20. In addition to the DNCD, other specialized arms of the Dominican military, including the air force and naval units that track drug flights and marine shipments, would share information with Haiti, Rosado Mateo said. The island of Hispaniola, the second-largest in the Caribbean, has long been a major transshipment point for drug traffickers moving cocaine and other drugs from South America to markets in the United States and Europe. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2010 world drug report found the share of cocaine transiting the island had dropped steadily from 2000 to 2004 before experiencing an uptick. In 2007, 9% of all cocaine bound for the United States transited the island, according to the report. Analysts worried that narco-trafficking would increase in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of what little institutional capacity the country had to fight the drug trade. The Haitian National Police, the country’s sole domestic security force, lacks the capacity and manpower to cover the country. And the vessels used by the Haitian Coast Guard, a unit of the police, don’t have the range to patrol the 1,500-kilometer (932-mile) coastline. The Haitian government is attempting to bolster the police force, with the assistance of the UN peacekeeping mission. Last year, Haiti seized 74.2 pounds of cocaine and 959 pounds of marijuana, according to government figures. Through the agreement with the Dominican Republic, Haiti looks to close some of its gaps while it trains more police officers. The two countries have long experienced tense relations, marked by distrust and vast cultural differences. However, after the 2010 earthquake, Dominican rescue workers were the first to send assistance to Haiti. Fernández visited the neighboring country just two days after the earthquake to discuss how his country could help. The two countries have experienced warmer relations since Fernández’s visit. Haiti President Michel Martelly visited Santo Domingo in March and received an honorary medal, the highest honor for foreign leaders, and several agreements were struck. “I thank you on behalf of my government for the support offered by the armed forces and DNCD … and all the collaboration you have offered us in this area,” said Fritz Cineas, Haiti’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, at the event announcing the partnership. Cineas said narco-trafficking poses a problem for Haiti and the Dominican Republic, making it in the best interest of both countries to share resources and manpower. Rosado Mateo said the Dominican counter-narcotics units would be available to Haiti “at all times and whenever it is necessary.” By Dialogo May 15, 2012last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette has agreement with Arsenal board over transfer exit

first_imgAdvertisement Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has an ‘understanding’ with Arsenal that he will be allowed to leave this summer if the team fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.French forward Lacazette has been a mainstay in Arsenal’s team since his £46.5million move from Lyon in 2017, scoring 44 goals in 112 appearances for the Gunners.The 28-year-old has endured an underwhelming season to date, however, and continues to be linked with a transfer exit ahead of the summer.Lacazette will have two years left on his Arsenal contract come the end of the season and will be allowed to leave this summer if the Gunners once again miss out on the Champions League, according to The Times.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are currently only ninth in the Premier League – seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea – but may be able to qualify for the Champions League by finishing fifth following Manchester City’s UEFA ban.Mikel Arteta’s side will also qualify for next season’s Champions League if they are able to win this year’s Europa League.Arsenal reached the final of the Europa League last season and host Olympiakos in the second leg of their last-32 tie on Thursday evening, following their 1-0 win in Greece last week.Lacazette’s strike partner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is also being linked with a departure from Arsenal but Arteta wants to convince the Gabon forward to stay. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Feb 2020 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.1kShares Alexandre Lacazette has agreement with Arsenal board over transfer exit Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Before I took over I had my questions about him but he has shown his commitment,’ Arteta said on Sunday.‘I wanted him to show if he wanted to do it and do it physically. I’m so happy with him.‘He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he is working defensively.’FacebookTwitterInstagramcheck our sport page Comment Advertisementlast_img read more