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Mar 14, 2016

Taking the Diplomatic Route and Internationalizing Our Territorial Dispute

Dean Barrow

And that brings us to the matter of internationalizing the issue. The government argues that it has been doing just that. But critics say that it is not enough to just keep friends regionally and far abroad in the loop, but rather much more important to push how critical the situation has become and that Guatemala has become a real threat by playing bully. In its release issued on Sunday, G.O.B. states that it has alerted the US and the UK of the extremely critical situation. With that done, it is hoped that one way or another, critical mass in achieving resolution will be achieved.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The best case scenario is for us not to reach that point for the diplomacy including the outreach by our friends to prove effective enough so that we are able to put in place some sort of an understanding about the Sarstoon. If that doesn’t happen, then the best case scenario is to see our continuing efforts and that of our friends, produce a resolution at some point in what clearly cannot be the not too distant future. We just don’t want to raise expectations too high, but at the same time, we don’t want to suggest that there is any need for any council of despair or any abject worry that we can’t solve this thing. We have to feel that we will be able to work out a modus Vivendi. You heard what the General said about his opposite number; you listened to Morales’ remarks in his reference to Belize at the time he gave his inauguration speech. The messages I have gotten back from him, admittedly not directly to me, are positive. I’m saying if nothing works in Washington, I will then reach him directly. And we have to feel that all of this together will produce some form of diplomatic way forward.”

 

Following the meeting at the O.A.S. between Belize and Guatemala, a meeting is planned with the group of friends on the issue of funding for the O.A.S. office at the Adjacency Zone. But there is indication that the Sarstoon incident will also come up.

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