Providenciales, 15 May 2015 – Haiti will not agree to terms laid out by the British and the Turks and Caicos Islands and so a Memorandum of Understanding is not signed and sounds as if one may never be… well at least not in the near future. Minister for Border Control and Labour, Hon DonHue Gardiner confirmed this in the House of Assembly this week and while the Minister would not agree that talks have broken down with Haiti, he did say this.
“Having made the best endeavors to reach certain accommodations with the Government in Port Au Prince (Haiti), and having experienced several shifting of the goal posts as and when agreements were thought to have been reached we have – and certainly – this Minister has taken the view that it is unlikely; because no agreement is better than a bad agreement. It is unlikely that we will come to any accommodations with the government in Port Au Prince.”
At least two Governors have been involved in this negotiation to get the MOU signed, meanwhile the country continues to spend over a million per year to repatriate Haitians who breach our borders illegally. All costs for towing, housing, feeding, treating and returning Haitians home are borne by TCIG; well except in the case if the Haitians are deceased. The Haitian government after a boat capsized in Christmas of 2013 repatriated the bodies of 17 of their countrymen who died in that tragedy.