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DR Armed Forces bolstering border ahead of UN pullout

Dominican Republic, May 11, 2017Dominican Republic Armed Forces Minister Reuben Paulino has announced the positioning of 1000 more soldiers at the DR/Haiti border as the country prepares for the withdrawal of UN Peacekeepers from its neighbor. Already, there are 1,500 soldiers who regularly patrol the border.

Paulino says the new troops are meant to protect against predicted increases in smuggling of drugs and weapons and illegal immigration. The 2,400 UN Peacekeepers are scheduled to leave Haiti in October.  

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