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May 19, 2016

Will the P.U.P. Reach the Sarstoon this Saturday?

John Briceño

The talks are critical for another more local, political reason. The unpopular and controversial SI passed by G.O.B. prohibiting civilians from entering the Sarstoon expires six days from Saturday. Prime Minister Barrow has indicated that he will not extend it. So the ideal scenario would be that on Saturday there is some ironclad agreement which will allow peaceable accord in the Sarstoon. That is the hope, but the P.U.P. isn’t waiting. Today, Briceño confirmed that they will be going to the Sarstoon, and he doesn’t expect any problems at all from any quarter.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“The Prime Minister is aware that we’re going to travel to the Sarstoon. I have said it publicly, we’ve said it in our releases, and just last week Friday when we went to support the teachers in their march to stand up for Belize, I also made it clear again that we are going to go to visit the Sarstoon so I am sure that he is aware that we will go to the Sarstoon River to visit.  Our trip is not a political trip. Our trip is an educational trip. It is very important for us in the leadership to be able to go down to the spot on the river first to have a better appreciation of what is taking place there. So we are going on their educational trip where we can be educated firsthand, to visit the area, to see what’s going on…and then once we are in the Toledo District to talk to different individuals to see how they see all this playing out, because we can be here in Belize City or in Orange Walk, but it is the people in Toledo that are in the front line of where all of this is happening. So we are going. We don’t expect any problems. The Prime Minister was very clear I think last week when he announced that he was lifting the total restriction to visit the area once you go and report to the Forward Operating Base of the B.D.F. that they would allow you to go. We are going in peace, we’re not taking any liquor, any kind of weapons or anything. We will stop at the Forward Operating Base, we will report, and then we go onto the Sarstoon. So I don’t expect any problems on the part of the government or the Police or the prime Minister or the Cabinet or anybody.”

 

From Briceño’s lips to the PM’s ears – only we’re not sure he’s listening. News Five has confirmed from two separate sources that the intention will be for law enforcement to keep the P.U.P. on dry land in PG, and there is already mobilization in that Southern District.

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