Cablegate: Haitian Ambassador to Dominican Republic Resigns:
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 SANTO DOMINGO 007536
STATE FOR WHA/CAR, DEPT PLEASE PASS TO USOAS
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/22/2013
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM PINR DR HA
SUBJECT: HAITIAN AMBASSADOR TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RESIGNS:
ANOTHER BLOW TO ARISTIDE
REF: A. PORT AU PRINCE 2540
B. SANTO DOMINGO 4930
Classified By: ACTING DCM MARY B. MARSHALL FOR REASONS 1.5 B/D
1. (C) On December 18 the Haitian Ambassador to the Dominican
Republic Guy Alexandre called on the Ambassador and Acting
DCM to confirm his resignation. The sudden news (prompted by
the violent December 5 crackdown on student demonstrators in
Haiti) was widely covered December 16 while Ambassador
Alexandre was out of the country visiting his wife in Puerto
Rico. Ambassdor Alexandre's resignation is due to what he
described as "incompatible principles" with Arisitide's
government. Composed but staunch in his resolve, Alexandre
assured the Ambassador that he has no plans to seek asylum in
the United States for now. Requesting asylum, he explained,
would "further complicate Dominican-Haitian bilateral
relations" and would not be in his nor Haiti's best
interests. Instead, Alexandre said he would seek residency
in the Dominican Republic and teach at a university. End
ALEXANDRE RESIGNS AS AMBASSADOR TO THE DR
2. (C) Ambassador Guy Alexandre met with the Ambassador and
Acting DCM on December 18 to discuss his recent resignation.
He said that he had planned to leave his post in January 2004
after Haiti's independence bicentennial celebrations, which
would have also marked two years in his assignment. However,
he could not ignore the recent violence against students in
Haiti because of his strong links to the academic community
there. According to Alexandre, police officers broke both
knees of one of his friends, a vice-rector at a university
(Ref A). The December 5 violence, he lamented, "produced an
irrevocable situation that cannot be easily fixed,"
following months of extreme polarization and resulting chaos.
3. (C) According to Ambassador Alexandre's contacts in Haiti,
there are daily protests or preemptive crackdowns by police
on potential protests. He warned of an upsurge in armed
civilians looking for trouble. Alexandre expressed his
concern that the environment in Haiti is ripe for
confrontation, which might subside briefly during Christmas
but is sure to resume in January. He commented that Haiti
has minimal capacity to maintain order and that "none of the
Haitian politicians realize that the country is a ticking
REMOVE ARISTIDE...THEN WHAT?
4. (C) Ambassador Alexandre criticized opposition groups'
preoccupation with forcing Aristide's departure without
considering the consequences. He emphasized that Aristide's
exit will not solve Haiti's socio-economic problems.
Alexandre also criticized his countrymen for their focus on
grabbing power rather than tackling the difficult problems of
health, education and infrastructure. The Ambassador asked
Alexandre whether there are clandestine movements in the
Dominican Republic working to overthrow Aristide, to which
Alexandre responded that he does not know of any such
activity. He acknowledged that some disgruntled former
Haitian military officers reside in the Dominican Republic,
but said most of the pressure on Aristide originates in
Haiti. He recalled the 1991-94 period when many Haitians
fled the country, but claimed there was no no mass migration.
During that time Alexandre personally assisted 30 Haitians,
including a former Army chief.
DOMINICAN-HAITIAN BILATERAL RELATIONS
5. (C) Less than three weeks before his resignation,
Ambassador Alexandre met with the Ambassador on December 1 to
discuss concerns about Dominican-Haitian bilateral relations.
He was disturbed about the GODR's apparent nonchalant
investigations regarding the Haitian bodies discovered along
the border in September (Ref B). Alexandre also said the
GODR is not doing enough to document Haitians. He complained
that the GODR often uses Article 11 of the Dominican
Constitution (providing that anyone born on Dominican soil is
Dominican except offspring of diplomats or foreigners in
transit) to deny citizenship to Haitians for being
"foreigners in transit." Ambassador Alexandre also blamed
the failure of the 2001 OAS initiative on a lack of OAS
impartiality (Note: This argument was reiterated at the
follow-up meeting on December 18. End note).
ALEXANDRE'S ONWARD PLANS
6. (C) Alexandre said he currently plans to reside in the
Dominican Republic, not flee to the United States. He was
traveling to Puerto Rico when his resignation hit the press
and returned quickly thereafter. He emphasized his desire to
get involved in academia and denied having strong ties to
successful Haitian expats in the United States. Alexandre
did ask the Acting DCM (Consul General) that his B1/B2
nonimmigrant visa be transferred to his tourist passport.
Alexandre said the GOH had not yet accepted his resignation.
He claimed to have no interest in politics because he "knows
too well what Haiti needs."