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Jun 17, 2016

Disconnect between Belize’s Diplomatic Effort and the Reality on Ground

Eamon Courtenay

Our News Five team was turned back from the Sarstoon on Thursday. They were clearly in what has traditionally been Belizean territory, sticking close to the northern bank of the river when a Guatemalan naval vessel with nine soldiers approached them and ordered them to stop. They didn’t, and motored off, which led to a short-lived chase, since the Guatemalan vessel was overloaded and could not catch up. It’s interesting, since G.O.B. keeps insisting that Belizeans can go into the Sarstoon, while it is clear that really, they can’t. Today Senator Eamon Courtenay, the Opposition’s Representative in the Guatemalan talks, told News Five that whatever G.O.B. is doing to deal with the situation clearly is not working. Courtenay also did not mince his words in dealing with the Foreign Minister Elrington’s approach toward his Guatemalan counterpart.


Eamon Courtenay, Attorney

“We have a problem here. It seems to me that there is a fundamental disconnect between the persons in charge of the diplomatic effort of Belize and the reality on the ground. It seems to me to be a fundamental misalignment and misunderstanding between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize. One is talking about peace and love and the other is screwing us over day in, day out. And we have reached the point where, speaking for myself, it is completely and totally intolerable for us to continue along this path of us repeating how much we love Carlos Raul Morales and what a great man he is and how he loves Belize and we are trying to work this out in a peaceful way. It is utter crap. He is representing a government that has taken a policy decision that they are going to be aggressive with Belize. It is being manifested on the ground; it is being manifested in the Sarstoon. We can see it with our own eyes and we are deluding ourselves into believing that we are going to go to Washington and all will be well and Guatemala is going to sit down with us and sing kumbaya. These guys are serious and we need to get serious and fight them back.”

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1 Response for “Disconnect between Belize’s Diplomatic Effort and the Reality on Ground”

  1. Steve says:

    I am ready to hit the streets in protest against our government and against Guatemala. Fellow Belizean, your country needs you now!

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