Haiti Protests Travel Advisories

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News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Jan. 4, 2013: The government of Haitian President Michel Martelly has slammed new travel advisories recently issued by the United States and Canada.

The U.S. State Department last week strengthened a travel advisory on Haiti., warning Americans planning to visit the Caribbean nation about kidnappings, robbery, lawlessness and cholera. Canada followed with a similar statement, cautioning Canadians travelling to Haiti to exercise a high degree of caution due to high crime rates in parts of the country and ongoing political tensions.

Haitian government spokesman Calvin Cadet contends the warnings are “incompatible” with the headway made by authorities in improving security. He said the warnings only harm the country’s image abroad.

Cadet’s statement was issued Wednesday by the office of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.