"Dominican Army expands mission on Haitian Border"
W. Alejandro Sanchez
IHS Jane's Defense Weekly - Country Risk
January 27, 2016
Originally published: http://www.janes.com/article/57547/dominican-army-expands-mission-on-haitian-border
The Dominican Republic Army will expand its efforts to monitor the border with Haiti due to ongoing violence in the neighbouring country.
Major General José Eugenio Matos de la Cruz, commander of the army, has announced that new surveillance posts have been constructed, including one in La Vigía. The military will also deploy additional troops and vehicles to monitor the 360 km border that separates the two countries.
On 23 January Haiti's presidential elections were suspended as Jude Celestin, the opposition candidate, refused to participate, alleging fraud. The situation has sparked major protests and reported violence.
It is unclear if any violence has spilled over to the Dominican Republic so far; Gen Matos has declared that "everything is normal [tranquil] on the border".
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