Haiti protests U.S., Canada travel advisories
Kidnappings, robbery, cholera warnings 'vehemently' protested by Haitian officials
The Haitian government is "vehemently" protesting travel advisories recently issued by the United States and Canada.
The U.S. State Department last week strengthened a travel advisory on Haiti. It warned Americans planning to visit the Caribbean nation about kidnappings, robbery, lawlessness and cholera. Canada followed with a similar statement.
Foreign Affairs said there is no nationwide advisory in effect for Haiti. However, a Dec. 21 advisory cautions 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.
The government of Haitian President Michel Martelly is trying to revive a long-moribund tourism industry and attract outside investors. Haitian business owners have long complained that such advisories overstate criminal activity in Haiti and scare off potential investors.
Cadet's statement was issued Wednesday by the office of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.