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Apr 19, 2017

Chester Williams says gangs inching closer to truce

This evening, A.C.P. Williams gave an update on the ongoing peace talks and said that while detractors may criticize the effort, the gang leaders have honored their word so far.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

ACP Chester Williams

“We are grateful to the fact that yes, they have kept their end of the bargain and we met again yesterday with them just to ensure that we’re on the right foot to see how we can take the peace further.  We want to see how we can develop or arrive at a truce between the different gangs and hopefully that will bring an end to some of the heinous crimes that we are seeing on the streets of Belize City.”

 

Reporter

“How close are you to that truce sir and what are some of the elements or some of the barriers you would be able to discuss with us why these different factions may be reluctant to institute a permanent or a long-lasting ceasefire?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well, like I have said before, people are hurt, people are grieving and when you are dealing with people like that it is always difficult but it is an ongoing effort that we must sustain to be able to see how we can maintain peace and see how we can direct them, convince them towards arriving at a truce between them.  We know that it will be difficult but we do not think that it is something that is unachievable.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, we had heard that there was some sort of a dinner-type set up between the officers of the… your team that’s working with the different warring factions for the truce and some sort of goodwill gesture.  You all kept your end of the bargain for the Easter and we are now discussing here, and so there sort of social event between them, police and the different elements.  How accurate is that to call it a dinner?”

 

Chester Williams

“I will not say much where that is concerned.  I will just say that we had a meeting yesterday, myself, Mrs. Finnegan and Jawhi, and if you would recall last week after the peace walk, we had said that we would reconvene on Tuesday which was yesterday, to see how we can go further with what we want to do.  And that was us meeting our promise to meet yesterday.  So we had that meeting with the guys and the meeting lasted an extended period of time and Mrs. Finnegan decided that she would be providing supper for them.  It was not as people would want to put it.  But at the end of the day we know that there are people out there who do not want to see peace within the city.  But as a police department, and Mrs. Finnegan, the person she is, and Jawhi, we are adamant to see that the level of crime goes down within our city.”

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