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Aug 17, 2015

What Role Did O.A.S. Play in Weekend Trek to Remote Island?

The National Security Council release issued Sunday evening states that the O.A.S. confirmed that the vessels which transited Sarstoon Island did so from the north and the south. The NSC credits what it proudly boasts as its diplomatic safety net for protecting Belizeans from any major fallout from that, “no doubt inadvertent occurrence.”  That bit of shameless grandstanding aside, there’s really no telling where the confusion lies. According to the accepted map, Belize’s territory is clearly marked to the north and south of Sarstoon Island. And according to that map, Belizeans on those four vessels stayed within Belize. Theoretically, and notwithstanding a claim which is just that – a claim – Belize’s territory should be easy to verify. But that’s not happening, and the O.A.S. which observed the entire circuit of the island didn’t provide any clarity on site.

 

Orlando de la Fuente

Orlando de la Fuente, Northern Territorial Volunteers

“They failed, utterly failed. Because even as we were navigating around the island with the bigger Guatemalan boat beside us, the O.A.S. boat, the one that took off from PG this morning was on the other side of us. I had met Ms. Magdalena this morning and I pointed out to her – I said Ms. Magdalena, I told her in Spanish, do you see this boat here in Belizean territorial waters? Do you agree that he is trespassing in Belizean territorial waters? And she turned around and started looking and then she was like…(shrugging)…like she didn’t know what to answer. You know, why is everybody scared of Guatemala? Even the O.A.S. Call a spade a spade. You’re in Belizean waters. There is no disputing that.”

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1 Response for “What Role Did O.A.S. Play in Weekend Trek to Remote Island?”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    O.A.S sucks plain and simple all they talk about how they build schools and this and that but we’re not being entertained by that. we want the o.a.s to do it’s main job to see the lines bordering our Jewel and to keep us and the guats in line but they seem not even to know what the hell they are doing or suppose too.

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