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Feb 29, 2016

PUP Fires Off Stern Release on Guatemala’s Sarstoon Island Claim

The People’s United Party weighed into the debate today with a very strongly worded release and position. It made reference to an assertion by Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales to the Guatemalan media on Saturday that all of the Sarstoon belongs to Guatemala. The P.U.P. stated that it (quote) categorically rejects the specious claim by Foreign Minister Morales and strongly condemns the provocative and illegal act by the Guatemalan navy (unquote). Former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay has been appointed a member of the P.U.P.’s Belize/Guatemala Advisory Committee, and told News Five today that the Party is prepared to join a national effort to assert our sovereignty beyond question.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Member, Belize/Guatemala Advisory Committee

Eamon Courtenay

“It seems to us based on what we have been made to understand that Guatemalan naval vessels were in Belizean territorial waters, which constitutes a grave violation of our national sovereignty. Secondly, for Belizeans not to be allowed to go into the Sarstoon River on our side of the border is again a direct attack on our territorial integrity and a violation of International Law. So we in the very strongest terms condemn the actions by the Guatemalan military, the Guatemalan navy and we call on the government to take appropriate actions.

We have called on our Ambassador to be recalled from Guatemala for consultations which is a very clear signal to the Guatemalans that we find this to be a very grave infraction. We also believe that it is important that a meeting be held at the Ministerial level at the Organization of American States in order to reduce tensions. Obviously the objective will be to have confidence building measures that would be applicable at the Sarstoon in order to avoid any incident like this in the future. That meeting would have to be premised on the respect of Guatemala for Belize’s borders and there should be absolutely no mistake about that. We believe that the government needs to underline in the very clearest possible terms and very strongest way our national sovereignty, our territorial integrity and to make known not only to Guatemala but to our friends that Guatemala has recently adopted a course that is designed to provoke an international incident. It is clear to us based on what we understand from the Belize Defence Force that the Guatemalan military has now taken the position that the entire Sarstoon belongs to them and that they are going to stop the Belize Defence Force and any other Belizean from going in there. History is very clear that we have used the Sarstoon. We have used our side. There are international treaties and obligations of Guatemala which recognize where the border line is and now is not the time in 2016 for Guatemala to attempt to change that by military force. The government ought to take very strong action, very serious action and the People’s United Party has said in our release that we are prepared to join a national effort in this regard.”

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2 Responses for “PUP Fires Off Stern Release on Guatemala’s Sarstoon Island Claim”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    100% AGREE TO THIS STATEMENT BUT WHAT IS DEAN BARROW GONNA DO, OR OUR FOREIGN MINISTER PLANS TO DO. JUST PLAY THE FOOL LIKE, NO WANT TO BOTHER THE NEIGHBOR WHILE THE NEIGHBOR IS STEPPING INTO MY YARD WITH AGGRESSION. COME ON G.O.B WE HAVE SOME DAY TO STEP UP TO THEM STOP BEATING OUR THE BUSH LIKE SEDI IS DOING ALL THE TIME.

  2. Ricardo Morales says:

    Careful and unbiased analysis of the history and treaties related to this issue clearly and unequivocally show that neither Spain nor Guatemala have ever granted any sovereign rights to what is legally and rightfully Guatemalan territory. In this case Belize and Guatemala are victims of the British Empire who stole and illegally invaded Guatemala’s territory and kidnapped and enslaved the good people of Belize. Guatemala recognizes the right of Belizeans to self determination and independence but does not recognize the arbitrary and illegal borders. Guatemala is willing to allow Belize to use its territory north of the Sibun river. The international courts should force the British to compensate Guatemala for the territory north of the Sibun river that would become Belize and should also compensate the families of the people they enslaved and forced to work for them in Belize. The real bad guy here is the British Empire who enriched itself from the hard work of slaves and illegally occupied Guatemalan territory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePUd9RpJs0k

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