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Dominican Government Condemns Any Excuse for Intervention
19 Jul 2005
Dominican Government Condemns Any Excuse for Intervention
Santo Domingo, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Dominican government told its diplomats and consular representatives abroad to strongly condemn the Foreign Policy Magazine report labelling it as a "failed state".

A government spokesperson said the Foreign Affairs Ministry provided embassies, consulates and international bodies accredited to Santo Domingo with a copy of President Leonel Fernandez's speech in response to the article.

Leonel Fernandez not only rejected the assessment of the Washington magazine, but also said he does not even want to speculate on attempts to create conditions for intervention by the international community in the country.

The magazine listed the Dominican Republic along with Haiti, to link it with the neighbouring country, and "I can tell you right now there are no joint solutions, because we are dealing with different realities," asserted Fernandez.

"If by any chance, and we are saying it only as a remote possibility, if the intention is for the Dominican Republic to become an occupied failed state, everyone should know we will not accept a possible occupation under any circumstances," he contended.

Fernandez was indignant at the report based on assessments of the Fondo para la Paz, which placed the Caribbean nation among the world´s top 20 on the brink of collapse.

According to the "US National Security Strategy in 2002,"published in the Dominican Hoy daily, the US administration "is less threatened by governments anxious for conquest than by those that have failed in their performance."

Thus, adds the cited document, "we should agree to examine as soon as possible the threat that failed States might become bases for terrorists, drug-traffickers and other organized crime gangs."

The US tactic of using misinformation and other methods to destabilize a country, then using that as a pretense for invasion or interference, is becoming all too familiar.

Hoy newspaper said that the US is facing a difficult situation in Haiti and is seeking ways out of it.

"The US wants to promote the Haitian case to docile nations of the international community, but it needs iron domestic control, and that has ramifications for the Dominican Republic," denounced the daily.

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