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Jun 14, 2016

Consultant says No Conflict between Maya People and Government

Anthony Ross

The consent order issued by the CCJ in April 2015, has seemingly different interpretations, despite its clarity.  As a result, there are mixed messages being spread across the communities.  The commission, as part of its public education campaign, has published the order in booklet form and is disseminating that leaflet at its consultations.  The underlying idea, according to Anthony Ross, whose work with similar issues in Canada is well documented, is that there is no longer a conflict between the Maya people and the government.

 

Anthony Ross, Consultant, Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission

“The difficulty is that the Maya people seem to be getting two different messages.  One appears to be that there’s still a sense that there is something adversarial that’s happening and we’re of the view, the commission is of the view that we’re past the adversarial process.  You know, there is no longer any conflict, it is a matter of reading the order and recognizing that the order is something that has been put together by legal counsel for those who are advancing the cause of the Maya people and the government.  They have come to their own conclusion as to how these matters should be resolved.  It is represented in the order and it is our function to assist in giving life to that order.  In my view, one of the most salient points is that it is a consultative process and it is not a consultation as to find out which is the starting point.  The starting point is already defined, it is the order, and if we can get the other sides to come and we have a good understanding of both sides of what the order says and use that as a starting point.  If things are to be added or subtracted that is something that could be considered, but by refusing to be involved in meaningful consultation it’s really delaying really the start of the substantive process that could lead to resolution of some of these longstanding issues.”

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