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Jun 1, 2015

Why Was There A Stand Off? Blame it on the Territorial Dispute!

Wilfred Elrington

Even though we were told by National Security that the Coastguard did not retreat and held its own, the Foreign Minister says that the situation was defused when Coast Guard personnel, in Belizean waters, were instructed to leave the area. And according to Foreign Minister Elrington, that resolution was orchestrated not by him, but by Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“What I will say very clearly is that the Guatemalan officials were very professional and very mature. They did not know what was happening. It was something that caught them by surprise. They wanted to be informed as to what the situation was. And once that was done and it was clear to them that there was no hostile act on the part of Belize…once they were satisfied that there was no hostility from Belize I think the matter was resolved quite easily by the Prime Minister and the people here.”

 

Reporter

“Sir but from what we’ve been told…we spoke to the CEO – these Belizeans were in Belizean waters. This is our military in Belizean waters. But it seems from what you’re saying that the situation was defused when the Belizeans moved back?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“The information we have was that they were on the island in the Sarstoon that belonged to Belize. There is no doubt about that and there is no dispute about that. But all that information was conveyed to our Prime Minister and the final decision was made by him as to what needed to be done. We were also informed that the strength of the Guatemalan contingent in that area is three thousand strong. And they have two powerful gunboats. All of that information we were able to transmit to our Prime Minister, and he was the man who in fact dealt with the rest of it. I was only able to say that I had spoken with my Prime Minister and that he would seek to resolve the matter.”

 

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1 Response for “Why Was There A Stand Off? Blame it on the Territorial Dispute!”

  1. MNHG says:

    SO IF THEY COME WITH THIER 2 POWERFUL GUNBOAT TO THE BARON BLISS AND WE ARE TOLD TO LEAVE, WE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE !!!

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