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Mar 1, 2016

Foreign Minister Says Relationship with Guatemala Remains Cordial

Wilfred Elrington

Visits to the various border points, particularly in the area of the Sarstoon River, according to Elrington, only serve to arouse Guatemala’s hostility.  The entire issue of the impact of B.T.V.’s ongoing trips to the vicinity is a matter of perspective, says the Foreign Minister.  He tells the media that his constituents are equally as concerned about their freedom of traveling to and from neighboring Melchor, as the B.T.V. is about perceived incursions.

 

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“You’re not going to solve it by going there and antagonizing the Guatemalans or by the Guatemalans antagonizing us or by a few of us fighting with the Guatemalans or a few of the Guatemalans fighting with us.  That’s not going to…  Let me tell you what that is going to do, when we had the last incident down south and I went in my constituency, a group of young boys said to me, “Mr. Elrington, what are those guys trying to do to us?”  They say, “We go to Melchor every Saturday.  Are they trying to stop us?”  So people have different views on these things.  The truth is that we have a good and cordial relationship with Guatemala.  We buy things from them, they buy things from us.  Our people, especially [those living] on the borders go across everyday, they come across.  Their school children come across and get educated and go back home.  They are guardians of our back.  They are not gonna move you know, they will stay there in perpetuity.  Now do you want to have enemies behind you or do you want friends?  How do you go about getting friends, by behaving belligerent?  It’s not being submissive either, you see what the Guatemalans are saying?  They want to deal with it at the ICJ, that was decided long ago.  The British who were here, who had all the arms never did that kind of thing you know.  They were there and they said, “Look, you have a claim on Belize, it belongs to Britain, take it to the ICJ.”  And that’s what they have been saying all along, we have inherited it and we say take it to the ICJ.  Our military has told the public that it is dangerous for them if in fact we have conflict with the Guatemalans.  Not the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the military of Belize, the BDF, the general.”

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1 Response for “Foreign Minister Says Relationship with Guatemala Remains Cordial”

  1. MNHG says:

    THAT NO BELIZEAN TAXI NOR BUS CAN TAKE TOURIST TO GUATEMALA, AND ANY TAXI AND ANY BUS ANY TIME, BEING GUATEMALAN CAN BRING TOURIST INTO BELIZE ANY TIME , THAT YOU CALL CORDIAL?
    A*****LE !!!

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