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May 20, 2016

Council of Churches Weighs in on Belize/Guatemala Differendum

Phillip Wright

The Belize Council of Churches is weighing in on the Belize/Guatemala differendum and has issued a statement in support of a peaceful solution to the enduring territorial dispute.  The position taken by the church is a bit overdue since other social partners, including the unions and the business community, have contributed to the ongoing public discourse.  While the council is in favor of taking the claim before the International Court of Justice for resolution, it has drafted several recommendations.  Those proposals, which include input from various religious denominations, were presented this morning during a media brief here in Belize City.

 

Bishop Phillip Wright, Anglican Church

“Following the latest incidents between Belize and Guatemala and the ongoing negotiations aimed at arriving at a solution to the situation on the Sarstoon, the Belize Council of Churches recommends the following: The Belize Council of Churches supports actions that seek to avoid confrontation in the Adjacency Zone, between Belize and Guatemala, on the Sarstoon, and all along the border between Belize and Guatemala.  Secondly, the Council of Churches supports the diplomatic course that is being pursued by the Government of Belize as it seeks to address the latest incidents of force and intimidation from the Guatemalan government and military.  The Belize Council of Churches calls on the people of Belize to support the peaceful approach that our government brings to the negotiation table.  The Belize Council of Churches calls on the Government of Belize and the opposition party to work together for the common good of Belize and a peaceful solution to this problem.  The Belize Council of Churches calls on all parties involved, governmental, political and non-governmental to work for a united front at arriving at a peaceful resolution.  The council calls on the media to be more responsible in its reporting so as to avoid an atmosphere of panic amongst all parties.  The Belize Council of Churches calls upon the Government of Belize, the opposition party and all who are intimately involved in the process to be resolute in their effort at maintaining Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  And finally, the Belize Council of Churches commits itself to this process through prayer and on May twenty-ninth, Sunday, May twenty-ninth we are calling for a day of prayer for a peaceful solution to the Belize/Guatemala situation.”

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1 Response for “Council of Churches Weighs in on Belize/Guatemala Differendum”

  1. John says:

    thanks god for giving his local reps common sense. Please pray for that guat archbishop-his life is now in danger for speaking the truth like gerardi

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