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Mar 2, 2015

Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala Expresses Disappointment

While it was probably a little too early to expect an official comment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we approached Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado. He took part in the debriefing, but apart from expressing some disappointment, he would only say that the most important thing is that everyone is back home safe.

 

Alexis Rosado, Belizean Ambassador to Guatemala

“We are very disappointed by what happened. We are still trying to clear up all the story, the full picture. But what it tells me is that we need to implement those agreements and do more to keep that level of contact, communication and cooperation. I think that the fact that we managed to get our Belizeans back home so quickly, in fact they could have come home last night but because of the choppy waters they decided to overnight…but the fact that we managed to get them back as quickly as possible, or so quickly, I think is a good indication of the communication and the links that exist between the militaries and also between the Foreign Ministries…that of course without prejudice to establishing all the facts surrounding the whole situation. From my point of view I think the most important thing is that our Belizeans are back home, they’re safe and they can be with their families and friends and be at home safely and secure. I think that’s the most important part. The rest we’ll have to deal with in due course.  I’m sure the C.E.O. will have told you that we’ve heard from our Belizeans and we have to get the ball rolling in terms of the O.A.S. involvement and getting Guatemalans to also establish the train of events on their side in order to give us a full picture. So I don’t want to speculate about where it might go or where these things might lead.”

 

Alexis Rosado

Reporter

“Sir Colonel Lovell has said that there has been some discussion with the Guatemalan counterparts. Are they denying at this time that they did come into Belizean waters?”

 

Alexis Rosado

“I can tell you from my involvement up to when we arrived here…my involvement was solely and principally to get our Belizeans back home safely and as quickly as possible. Once that is done then we could take care of the rest and as you know they are working on that now. But first and foremost is getting our Belizeans back home safe. Nothing else mattered beside that.”

 

The group was met with a motorcade and ceremony as they reached home in Orange Walk on Sunday night.  Late this evening, the Government of Belize issued a release expressing, “deep concern about the ongoing incident [which] was raised with senior authorities of the Guatemalan Government and of the O.A.S. Good cooperation through official channels facilitated the swift and prompt return of our citizens to Belize. The Government of Belize wishes to thank the diplomats and military officials in Belize and Guatemala, as well as the O.A.S., for the exercise of prudence in the handling of this incident.”

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