Puerto Plata, DR.
The demand that the international community undertake the search for alternatives for a solution to the crisis in Haiti, the defense of democratic values, with the call for the freedom of political prisoners in Nicaragua, and the promotion of trade, in addition to economic integration, are the central themes of the Puerto Plata declaration.
Presidents Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, Laurentino Cortizo of Panama and Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic, after the third meeting within the Alliance for Development in Democracy, read a joint statement on the Malecón in Puerto Plata.
The document establishes that the three leaders renew their commitment to the rule of law, democracy, respect for human rights and freedom of expression, the founding spirit of this alliance.
The presidents called on the international community, including the United States, the European Union, and Canada, to provide its full support to the Haitian National Police to improve the security climate in this country.
They also called on the United Nations Program and the Pan American Health Organization to strengthen the Haitian health system, with a focus on maternal and child care, Covid vaccination and medicine in general.
They reiterated the proposal presented to Panama on a roadmap for a Comprehensive Development Plan for Haiti, which includes pacification, improvement of infrastructure, reforestation and financing.
Regarding the political dialogue, the leaders appreciated their participation in the Summit for Democracy convened by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, in particular the defense of the democratic system and its values.
They congratulated the Honduran people, the electoral authorities of that country, and Ms. Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, the first woman elected President of that country, on the success of the ballot.
Regarding Nicaragua, they reiterated their concern at the situation in that country and demanded the immediate release of political prisoners.
They told the foreign ministers publicize the objectives of the alliance at the international level.
They underlined the strong relations between the three countries. In addition, they welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding which creates a ministerial working group to deepen synergies, detect opportunities for regionalization in value chains, strengthen trade relations and complementarities between countries’ economies, and generate the creation of a high commission level business.
They announced that the next alliance meeting will be held in Costa Rica in the first quarter of 2022.
The leaders received the statement of distinguished visitors from Puerto Plata City Hall, receiving commemorative plaques from Mayor Diomedes Roque García and Chapter Hall President Angélica López.