The Dominican Republic
is sending 1,000 more soldiers to its border with Haiti
to prepare for any fallout from the withdrawal of UN peacekeeping
troops from its neighbor.
Armed Forces Minister
Ruben Paulino says the new troops will join 1,500 soldiers regularly stationed along the border. He made the announcement Tuesday.
Paulino says the troops are intended to protect against any increase in the smuggling of drugs or weapons as well as a potential rise in illegal immigration
in the event of increased instability following the scheduled pullout of nearly 2,400 UN troops from Haiti in October.
The countries share a 350-kilometer (215-mile) border on the Caribbean island
The UN force
has been in Haiti since the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide