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Aug 12, 2016

Guatemala Hardens Its Position on Territorial Dispute

Wilfred Elrington

The issue of the Guatemalan claim to Belize has somewhat faded in the background due to the ongoing William “Danny” Mason saga and more recently Hurricane Earl. While we had the Foreign Minister on hand, we inquired about the matter. Elrington admits the administration in Guatemala has hardened it position.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Let me make it very, very clear that our most important and most difficult problem is the Guatemalan claim. That is a matter that we should all know everything we can about it and it is imperative that we be completely unity on it because any disunity is going to be exploited by the Guatemalans. I have formed the view, especially over the last two years or so, that this particularly new administration is taking a very different attitude towards the claim than the other administrations I’ve dealt with. This one is very aggressive, very serious and I have formed the view that they are going to make life difficult for us so we have to constantly be on our guard; that’s my view. And every Belizean will have to play his or her part. We have to agree on the means of solving it. The past administration have agreed that it should be the ICJ, the British was not prepared to contemplate any other resolution method other than the ICJ; we in the U.D.P. are firmly committed to the ICJ, but there are other people in the community who are suggesting otherwise—causing confusion which in my view the Guatemalans will seek to exploit. But that is a very serious matter. And while we are trying to manage it as best we can—because that’s all we can do—manage the situation, lower the tension and make the situation as normal as possible. Anything can happen at any time. So it is a matter that keeps me awake at night. Twenty-four/seven I am thinking about it because my responsibility and the responsibility of the Prime Minister and the Government is to protect the people.”

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1 Response for “Guatemala Hardens Its Position on Territorial Dispute”

  1. carlos says:

    Man we have lived with this problem for years now. The Guatemalans like make noise. They are not foolish to invade Belize. They will make all types of foolish action but not enter our country. We have seen this with more radical Guatemalan governments, like the one in 1976. But this present government in Guatemala is seeing the soft hand our government is having with this issue and will will test this government. We should understand that a small radical group in the congress and a small population in Guatemala are they once that make the noise. Our people and the majority of Guatemalan don’t care much about this claim. And you know why? because these old heads were thought in primary school that ” Belice es de Guatemala “.

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