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Sep 14, 2015

BTV Joins COLA in Growing List of Demands Amid Guatemalan Dispute

Orlando De La Fuente

A sustained campaign led by COLA continued today with new demands announced at a press conference held at the Radisson.  This time, the grassroots organization has partnered with the Belize Territorial Volunteers who are bringing to bear additional pressure on the Government over a road linking Guatemala to Belize which was built after the establishment of the Confidence Building Measures. That stretch of road links the Guatemalan village of Santa Cruz to Jalacte. This morning, the BTV’s Orlando de la Fuente also called for an immediate moratorium on the issuance of Belizean passports to Guatemalan nationals.

 

Orlando De La Fuente, BTV

“Here we have a road that loops with power lines and everything into Belize, that was constructed after the Confidence Building Measures were signed and has our government given notice to the O.A.S. that we would like verification on whether the road is on the Belize side or on the adjacency line or the border or not because it would be extremely complacent, it would be a dereliction of duty for us to watch Guatemalans build a road on to Belize and us not report it.  So we would like, that’s the second request or demand that we’re making of the government.  And the third one would be to stop the issuance of citizenships, put a moratorium on the issuance of citizenships to Guatemalans. We believe that the government, both governments, successive governments have used this issue to garner votes and they have not followed the procedures, they have broken the constitutional rules as far as granting citizenship to a person from another country that has a territorial claim over Belize.  So the government has been very technical about it because their reason for granting the citizenship and swearing in these Guatemalans is that they say that first they have to renounce their citizenship which they do.  So the Guatemalans turn in their passports and they renounce their Guatemalan citizenship but the problem with that is there’s no follow up because as soon as they get their Belizean passports and when they go back to Guatemala to visit then they have two citizenships again.  They have dual citizenships and so we need to address this matter in a way that makes it work for Belize.  We need to stop; we need to put a moratorium on the issuance of citizenships until we could figure out how to move forward, even if it means amending the constitution.”

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1 Response for “BTV Joins COLA in Growing List of Demands Amid Guatemalan Dispute”

  1. Ces says:

    So, can BTV go check Arenal Village? You will need a passport when playing football there

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