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Feb 14, 2017

Michigan Delegation Visits Sarstoon with B.T.V.

George Carr

Inclement weather on Monday did not stop the Belize Territorial Volunteers from making another trip down Belize’s southern boundary, the Sarstoon River. Belize is still without a protocol regarding trips up the Sarstoon except for military personnel, and in the past Guatemala has shadowed and occasionally harassed civilians visiting the area; under the guise of They were accompanied by a delegation of Belizeans from Michigan led by U.S. Honorary Consul George Carr. In this video clip courtesy Wil Maheia and PGTV, he shares about his experience and concerns.

 

George Carr, Belize Honorary Consul in Michigan

“I love history, and so for historical reasons I wanted to go to Sarstoon and get a first-hand view of the situation there. We have a beautiful river; the soldiers at the Forward (Operating Base) station, the soldiers, treated us extremely well and politely. We have a beautiful island in the middle of the Sarstoon there, something we should certainly cherish and keep; and certainly appreciate Wil taking us out there as there was no other boat out there [that] would take us out, so we really appreciate Wil taking us out. And also giving us a full explanation of what is going in the area; the Guatemalan fishermen, fishing on our waters freely, without any encumbrance at all, and we are certainly very concerned about the Guatemalan people moving into our land, they are creating new fishing camps there now and there are sizable fishing camps, and eventually I can foresee them starting to create more villages there and next thing you know they will be planting there and taking over more Belize property, so we should be more concerned about it.”

 

Maheia noted in his report of the trip that several Guatemalans were seen fishing in territorial waters, though less than before, and the Guatemalan military based appeared to be closed for unknown reasons.

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