Haiti, Dominican Republic to meet next month in effort to tackle heated citizenship question

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A Haitian cabinet official says that Haiti and the Dominican Republic will meet next month in an effort to resolve questions over a recent court decision that could render thousands of Haitian Dominicans stateless.

Haiti's Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre-Richard Casimir told The Associated Press Thursday that five senior officials from each Caribbean country will meet on Jan. 7 in the Haitian border town of Ouanaminthe. They plan to discuss commerce and security issues but will focus on a recent court decision in the Dominican Republic.

Representatives from the United Nations, European Union and Caribbean will also participate.

The court ruled that citizenship should be stripped from residents born to migrants who were living in the country illegally. Many of those affected are of Haitian descent.