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Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama seek solutions to Haiti crisis

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,

and Panama have instructed their foreign ministers to find sustainable solutions to the Haiti crisis, said the Dominican Republic's Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez on Wednesday.

President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen of Panama, and President Luis Abinader Corona of the Dominican Republic met in New York on the sidelines of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly and made the instructions, Alvarez told reporters at UN Headquarters.

The three heads of state signed a communique, which was read to reporters by Alvarez.

They expressed their deep concern over the crisis in Haiti and its growing impact on the region, particularly the serious migratory consequences, according to the communique.

"They instruct their foreign ministers, in alliance with strategic partners, such as the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and friendly countries, to immediately structure specific, comprehensive and sustainable solutions within a framework of respect for dignity and human rights in order to address the alarming situation in Haiti," read the communique.

The sudden influx of migrants into the United States from Haiti, which is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and most recently ravaged by a devastating earthquake and the assassination of its president, prompted the current U.S. government to initiate a mass deportation process.

The repatriation of Haitians has put the Haitian migration system on the edge. The New York Times quoted Jean Negot Bonheur Delva, the head of Haiti's national migration office, as saying that his country "is not really able to receive these deportees," whom he said "are very agitated" and "don't accept the forced return."

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