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Jun 8, 2016

Foreign Minister Says Guatemala is Claiming All of Belize

Wilfred Elrington

Just how much of Belize is Guatemala claiming? It’s a valid question, but the answer may surprise you. We’ve always thought that the claim was for roughly half of Belize, and there’s a 1999 letter which specifically refers to all areas south of the Sibun River, including all cayes except St. George’s Caye. In fact, as far as we’ve been able to ascertain through our research, that’s the last official claim. But get this – somehow the claim is now for all of Belize, the entire Belizean territory. That’s the latest word from Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington who quite nonchalant made that shocking revelation during an extensive interview on Tuesday.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“It was on the twenty-first of September, 1939 that the Guatemalans wrote to the British to say to them that they will be repudiating the entire 1859 Treaty. The truth is that if you can successfully repudiate the Treaty then it means that the Treaty comes to an end and the property would revert back to the Guatemalans. But the contention of the British is that the property was never Guatemala’s, and their assertion that they were repudiating the 1859 Treaty was not a valid legal position. So the British never took the view that any part of Belize became the territory of Guatemala, and they have maintained that up to this day. That is the view that we maintain. Guatemalans are claiming though that in fact they now own the whole territory. That is the effect of repudiating the contract, the Convention and there can be no separate regime in relation to the Sarstoon because the whole country – if the Convention falls, then the whole country becomes the subject of the dispute, you see, and there is no separation between the rest of Belize and the Sarstoon. So they would technically claim the whole country and so it is not correct to say that they are annexing the Sarstoon. What is the proper situation is to say that they are stopping people from using the Sarstoon because really and truly they are claiming the whole territory as theirs.”

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6 Responses for “Foreign Minister Says Guatemala is Claiming All of Belize”

  1. Marie says:

    Guatemala has always put a claim to Belize, this is why England has to go to negotiation once and for all and put this NONSENSE to rest. They should at least give copies of the land claims to Belize if absent. No invidence means the other party wins.

  2. Kay says:

    The next time you talk to those Quatemalans ask them to close their eyes and tell you what they see. Whatever they see behind those closed eyes is exactly what belongs to them! Belize is for Belizeans!!! Let President Morales attend to his half-starving Quatemalans and leave alone our country! Our country is wonderful as it is because we don’t have people like them ruling it and would sure as hell prefer to keep it that way!!!

  3. reat says:

    Is this man sick??????
    For the first time he is telling the truth.
    Hurry and take him to the emergency room.
    Belizeans wake up.
    This man now needs a whole lot of bodyguards as he is now pissing off a lot of people.

  4. Mrs. P says:

    And there is Sedi to appease them!

  5. Wendy says:

    Belize has always been a part of Guatemala. Those that don’t want to be part of Guatemala should leave Belize and make their lives somewhere else. Guatemala is only claiming what is truly theirs.

  6. belizeaninasia says:

    Wendy you must be one of those naturalized Belizeans originally from Guatemala. Please go stand on Albert street and shout out what you have just said.

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