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Jun 17, 2016

P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Not Keeping Them in the Loop on Bilateral Talks

John Briceño

There’s also political news coming out of Queen Street. As you know, Guatemala military forces are maintaining a heavy presence in our side of the Sarstoon River. The situation has exacerbated to the point that Belizeans can no longer enter into the river. So far, despite statements by the government to the effect that Belizeans are free to traverse the river, the GAF continues to exercise sovereignty over the entire river. “Respecte el protocolo’’ is their claim though no one is certain about that protocol. Today, the People’s United Party announced that while the issue is of huge national importance, and it has gone the extra mile to promote a bi-partisan approach, it can no longer continue to participate in a one-sided exercise. The P.U.P. says it has also not been kept in the loop. The first test is next week when talks are to be held in Washington DC between Belize and Guatemala. The P.U.P. says it won’t send its representative.

 

John Briceño, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“It seems as if the foreign minister has been hoodwinked by Carlos Raul [Morales], the Guatemalan foreign minister.  If there is one issue that Belizeans expect us to remain united, it is Guatemala’s unfounded claim over Belize.  It is for this reason that my party and I have done everything possible to work with the government in a bipartisan effort.  Regrettably, this effort has become a partnership of convenience by the U.D.P. administration.  We in the P.U.P. represent over sixty-seven thousand Belizeans that voted for us in the last election and we owe it to them and to every other Belizean to ensure that the government protects every single inch of Belizean land and water.  That is why I have decided that until the government is prepared to work with us in a meaningful partnership on this issue we will not attend the talks in Washington, D.C. on next week Tuesday. There have been several resolutions that the government has prepared and they don’t copy it to us, they don’t ask for our input.  And certainly with this resolution that was passed we, if we were there, we certainly would have strengthened that resolution and since we brought that up, I believe that the foreign minister did not get proper advice or he, again, I don’t know what he was thinking, but when the resolution refers to the agreement of 2000 between Belize and Guatemala which is no longer in effect, Guatemala skillfully had that included in the agreement.  Why?  Because that basically gives a gag order that we can’t say anything unless we do it jointly and did not use or refer to the confidence building measures of 2005 which would have given us more latitude to be able to go and internationalize what is happening right now here in the Sarstoon.  And secondly, in that resolution it says nothing about Guatemala’s aggression, about Guatemala’s annexation of the Sarstoon.  These are two very, very important points that the foreign minister fell asleep [on] or overlooked.  If we were there I could assure you that we would have ensured that one: we don’t refer to the 2000 agreement and secondly, something must be said in there about Guatemala’s aggressive behavior towards Belize.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Not Keeping Them in the Loop on Bilateral Talks”

  1. Steve says:

    No confidence in the UDP. Furthermore, I believe the PM and Foreign Minister have been bought out by the US and Guatemala.

    Assad Shoman came in talking real sense. Now, he has disappeared. Taken out by the PUP, not wanted by the UDP. Stop playing politics.

    Now, Eamon Courtney is talking real sense. Listen to him.

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    La situación se ha agravado porque los guatemaltecos entrar a las islas que están frente a las costas de Belice, tampoco pueden navegar en sus aguas que es territorio de Guatemala, porque están excluidas del tratado de 1859. La situación se ha agravado con la conducta agresiva del ejercito de Belice que asesino a diez campesinos Guatemaltecos a la izquierda de la línea imaginaria trazada de los Raudales de Gracias a Dios a los Raudales de Garbutt, en el río Belice, que es territorio de Guatemala, como lo establece el tratado de 1859.

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