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Jun 9, 2016

Will Belize and Guatemala Discuss Sarstoon Protocols at OAS General Assembly?

Carlos Raul Morales

The O.A.S. General Assembly is slated for next week. The annual session is the highest level of political engagement in the hemisphere between foreign ministers. It was stated at the much talked about meeting in Istanbul, Turkey in May that the foreign ministers of Belize and Guatemala would meet at the soonest possible time on the road to formalizing protocols for the Sarstoon. The General Assembly was to have been that occasion. But it won’t happen. Ambassador Lisa Shoman was chosen as the Opposition’s representative for that session at the Dominican Republic. She told News Five this morning that plans are still iffy at this point.

 

Lisa Shoman

Lisa Shoman, Member of Opposition’s Belize/Guatemala Committee

“My understanding is that the Foreign Minister of Guatemala claims to be unavailable and therefore there is some question as to whether that meeting will even take place. We take the position – the People’s United Party takes the position that this meeting is critical and it must take place because as far as we are concerned the situation in the Sarstoon in not a normal situation and that a modus vivendi must be worked out. All parties have agreed that there must be a modus vivendi until we get to whatever dispute resolution we will have, whether it be the ICJ or something else.  It’s a critical meeting, and for there to be some intimation that it won’t take place because of the unavailability of the Foreign Minister of Guatemala I think is a matter of serious concern to all Belizeans. This is a meeting that will take place anyway, so we should be having these discussions. Also the O.A.S. General Assembly is the highest political organ in this part of the world, in this hemisphere, and so traditionally there are important meetings that take place on the margins. Canada always has meetings with Caricom. Canada always has meetings with SICA countries and we are a part of both groups. The United States always does a bi-lateral meeting with Caricom, and these are all countries to which we have to put forward our concerns about the Sarstoon and the absolute need for there to be this modus vivendi so we can move ahead.”

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2 Responses for “Will Belize and Guatemala Discuss Sarstoon Protocols at OAS General Assembly?”

  1. lucas says:

    This guy is playing hide and seek. The game now is evading and stalling. This guy should not be allowed to get away and Guatemala must be forced by any means to engage

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    El río Sarstún esta excluido del tratado de 1859, el río sarstún es límite únicamente de Belice, porque de Guatemala, es parte de su territorio, los ríos que si están incluidos en el tratado de 1859, son los ríos Sibún, Belice y Hondo.

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