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Jun 16, 2016

Is Guatemala Taking the Ongoing Bilateral Discussions Seriously?

Is Guatemala taking the ongoing bilateral discussions seriously?  It is a question that we’ve put to Foreign Minister Elrington in light of the recent happenings at the Sarstoon.  On May twenty-seventh, our news team was turned away from the area; three days after government announced that, “there will be untrammeled traffic for Belize’s military and civilians along the Sarstoon.” Following that incident, Prime Minister Barrow expressed his disappointment and concern with the sudden turn of events.  Today, we posed that question to Elrington who says that a mechanism is in the works to address the matter ahead of a resolution at the ICJ.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow [File: May 27th, 2016]

“I am extremely distressed, extremely disturbed by what has happened.  We’re trying to get to the bottom of it.  As near as I can gather, the people in Guatemala are saying well, the foreign minister is still traveling and he had not or has not returned to Guatemala since the meeting in Istanbul so that in fact the military had not been apprised of new instructions regarding Belizean civilian traffic along the river.  I do not find that satisfactory.  Let me put it clearly.  Let me put it clearly, I find that most unsatisfactory.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Is it that Guatemala still does not either respect or take into consideration all the talks that have been taking place and, of course, the position of the Government of Belize insofar as the releases and the announcements that the government has made that Belizeans can traverse the area?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“No.  I think the Guatemalans are taking it very seriously and are trying to work it out but there appears to be different currents, you know.  Problems of a border nature are dealt with in different ways. So that they are not all solved in the same way.  I think you have hiccups from time to time.  The good thing about or situation is that it is still being done very peacefully and I think that it won’t be very long before we’ll have a Modus Vivendi with respect to the use of the river, an agreement that is a mechanism which will make it very clear and give certainty to how matters will proceed on the river pending us resolving the matter finally, hopefully at the ICJ.”

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2 Responses for “Is Guatemala Taking the Ongoing Bilateral Discussions Seriously?”

  1. Steve says:

    What audacity of this UDP government to be pushing into us and campaigning for going to the ICJ. Millions of dollars for these traitors.

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    mein this sedi really sucks at being a FM and the way he talks like nothing bad is going on but only good things, when will this dumb people learn that we are living in a era where even the primary school kids are more informed that yrs ago.lying to us in this way is dumb we can clearly see it’s lies after lies and he seem content with it. is there any body our there with more authority to remove this man out of the way and put someone more with balls and heart to do the right thing.

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