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Feb 17, 2016

Belize’s Foreign Minister Says CARICOM Support is Critical for Border Relations

Wilfred Elrington

Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was also present at the CARICOM sessions this morning during which border relations were discussed – the Guyana/Venezuela issue and of course our own Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. On our front, discussions have advanced to the point where referenda on going to the ICJ are being discussed and that will take its own meandering course. So what can CARICOM do to assist? Well, a lot, apparently. Elrington told us that the continued support of the regional body is critical.  

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“The most important one is the diplomatic pressure that can be brought to bear on the countries; also the encouraging of the international community to support the process—both in terms of providing finances and perhaps to afford us technical support. We may need technical support for research and the like. They would help us to get that either through the United Nations Agencies, O.A.S. or even through contact with the Commonwealth. We are closely connected. Border disputes are of interest to every nation on earth because conflict in any part of the world affects everybody all over the world, conflicts don’t stay one place. You know you have a conflict in the Middle East, but it affects us here in terms of security. So we put additional security here on people who are coming from the Middle East because we don’t want them to in fact create any problem. You don’t know who is coming; you don’t know whether they have contact with people who are terrorists. I’m saying that to make the point that a dispute or conflict in any one part of the world affects everybody so everybody is concerned about it. Historically, and up to this point in time, we normally propose how we are dealing with it and advise them as to the process as it obtains at the time of the meeting. For example in the case of Belize, we were able to inform the heads that we agreed to go to the ICJ; Guatemalans have to ratify the amended agreement and that we intend to take all steps to try to expedite going there and they approved that. In other words, we tell them what we are doing and they give the approval and solidarity for it.”

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1 Response for “Belize’s Foreign Minister Says CARICOM Support is Critical for Border Relations”

  1. gary says:

    ‘For example in the case of Belize, we were able to inform the heads that we agreed to go to the ICJ;’ WHAT?????????????? WHEN DID ‘WE’ AGREE TO GO TO THE ICJ……….THOUGHT IT WAS SUPPOSE TO GO THROUGH A REFERENDUM TO DECIDE THAT!!!!!!!!!

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