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Sep 8, 2017

Catholic leader in Belmopan promises “re-negotiation” over St. Michael’s land

Father Jordan Gongora

Pressure from members of the subdivision of Las Flores in Belmopan seems to have turned the Catholic Church around on the issue of two parcels of land located next to the Roman Catholic community school which residents want returned from the purchaser. On Thursday there was a protest at Belmopan City Hall by residents and now video has surfaced of a conversation between leader of the Belmopan Catholic Mission, Father Jordan Gongora, and community residents in which he claims that the proposal made and outlined by the Belmopan City Council earlier this week to cede two adjoining parcels, title the actual school property and landscape all parcels was just a proposal. Nothing was actually signed and because residents have objected, he has the go-ahead from Bishop Larry Nicasio to continue dialogue with Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle along with community members. Video is courtesy PLUS TV in Belmopan.

 

Father Jordan Gongora, Belmopan Catholic Mission

“I’m here with members of the community of Las Flores, talking about this situation.  I had a cordial meeting with the Mayor on Monday. He made a proposal and it seemed to be good to me and so I accepted it at that moment, as long as it was carried out. But now I understand that the people of Las Flores heard this proposal and are not in agreement with it.  The bishop is aware of all of this and has asked me to speak to you about these proposals and to meet with the Mayor. The Mayor is willing to dialogue with us. We have no bad intentions with anyone from Las Flores nor the school. We will re-negotiate this situation. Three of you and I will meet with the Mayor so we can negotiate this and find a peaceful solution for the community and the school as well.  (Question in Spanish) On Monday I did not sign anything. Neither did he. We only talked about this proposal and I listened.”

 

Voice of: Las Flores Resident

“Is the church willing to go to court over this if they don’t accept our proposals?”

 

Father Jordan Gongora

“Personally, and I don’t speak on behalf of the diocese, I believe that is an option that we will need to take. If the Mayor is willing to help us and the land is returned to us, thank God. But if that is not possible then we would have to take legal action.”

 

We will continue to follow the story.

 

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