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Sep 7, 2017

Area rep says church has final say

John Saldivar

Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar also chimed in on the current land dispute in Las Flores.  While the suggestion to cede parcels sixty-two fifty-two and sixty-two fifty-three to the Catholic Diocese does not require the approval of the community, residents are outraged that an agreement was met without their consent.  Despite the rejection by residents, Saldivar openly congratulates Mayor Khalid Belisle for successfully resolving the matter with Father Jordan Gongora of the Belmopan Catholic Mission.

 

John Saldivar, Area Representative, Belmopan

“First of all I want to applaud the mayor for being able to negotiate a good settlement with the Catholic Church.”

 

Reporter

“But it was rejected.”

 

John Saldivar

“No, no.  The people who are supposed to accept it are the people who own the school and that’s the Catholic management, and I believe that the solution was a fair one and I believe that with time, the people of Las Flores who are concerned about this will come to understand and realize that, except of course [if] they turn it into something political and again they would have to meet us in the streets when it comes to politics.”

 

Reporter

“How inconvenient is it for the parcels to be swapped, in terms of they wanted it to be close to the school where it’s been at forever and what the mayor is proposing is to give land elsewhere in Belmopan?”

 

John Saldivar

“Sorry, sorry.  And you need to be more informed to be the media.  The land is right adjacent to the school and easily and contiguously forms a part of the school.  So I don’t see any difference between land on the right side of the school and land on the left side of the school.”

 

Reporter

“They say it’s being used as a futsal field.”

 

John Saldivar

“It is, one of the parcels, I believe, has a futsal field in there which simply means that the school has now acquired a futsal field.”

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