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Mar 15, 2016

Minister of National Security Optimistic about Outcome of Meeting at O.A.S.

Now in Washington today, a meeting between Belizean and Guatemalan foreign ministers Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales was held at the seat of the Organization of American States. That meeting had been planned ahead of the armed confrontation between B.D.F. personnel and the Guatemalan Navy.  There are not too many details available on the meeting, but we know that both sides are seeking financial support to keep the O.A.S. Office at the Adjacency Zone open. Other than that, it is known that both sides agreed to cooperate in an amicable and positive way. Following the meeting, the O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Almagro tweeted that the meeting between the two foreign ministers was positive. This afternoon, Minister John Saldivar, a member of the National Security Council, spoke on the matter.

 

Isani Cayetano

“As the Minister of National Security, to have a perennial issue such as this constantly keep your men on the frontlines, the Belize Defense Force, the coastguard, the police officers, by extension, to keep them on their toes with regards to going into that particular area and having these kinds of agitation, if I may, what is your overall look or your feel in terms of what is taking place and how your ministry is dealing with it.”

 

John Saldivar

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“As we’ve always said, it is the role of the Ministry of National Security and its institutions such as the B.D.F. and the coastguard to safeguard the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the country.  It is a job that we take very seriously and we wish that civilians would leave us to do our job which we’ve been doing over the years.  The heightened security concerns in the area really do worry us but we are at this point exploring the diplomatic avenues to try to get it resolved.  We are hopeful, there was a meeting earlier this morning in Washington which we believed we will get some good results out of that and we are hopeful that we can always solve our problems in a diplomatic way.  A military solution is not good for any of us.”

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