Throughout the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit, the Paraguayan mission, Costa Rican president, and President Luis Abinader emphasized the importance of addressing the Haitian crisis. This demonstrates the region’s concern in regards to the anarchy and food crisis prevalent in Haiti, and that the Dominican Republic just isn’t alone on this issue. Spanish President Pedro Sánchez also pledged his support to Abinader, saying that Spain would support the escalation of the crisis at a multilateral level.
Abinader’s call to alleviate Haiti received essentially the most attention. He stressed that pacification is the one technique to address the situation in Haiti and that the international community cannot allow it to proceed. He noted that the poor Haitians suffer, while the few wealthy live in Miami or the Dominican Republic.
After the plenary sessions, Abinader led a press conference where he outlined the composition of the Haitian peacekeeping force and emphasized the necessity to alleviate the country before returning to normalcy. Ibero-American Secretary General Andrés Allamanda agreed with Abinader’s position, saying that without pacification, all efforts toward reconstitution and normalization can be sterile.