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Jan 8, 2018

Want to Go to Sarstoon? Sedi Says Be Careful

Like most viewers on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was watching the news when he saw the report by the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ leader Wil Maheia. Maheia was accompanying members of a youth basketball team led by Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn on a trip to Sarstoon Island when they encountered members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces. After first refusing permission for the group to circle the island, the GAF offered to accompany the group whereupon they were joined by the Belize Coast Guard without incident. Elrington told us that he does not have a formal report of the incident, but that it is not surprising. He dismissed Maheia as a ‘boy who cries wolf,’ adding that while Belizeans have free run of our territory, there are certain places – like the Sarstoon – where extra caution does not go amiss.

 

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“What comes through my mind and I like to be honest is the story of the boy that like to cry wolf – you know the fable of the boy that used to like to cry wolf? Because if the Guatemalans are suspicious of our activities, and are prone to interpret them as threatening, they can take action which may not be the most helpful. I think it is best for us to try not to do anything to cause them to think that we are provoking them in any way.”

 

Aaron Humes

“And that does not contradict with what you’ve said to me previously?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“I’ve never said anything that contradicts. It’s our right and entitlement to go anywhere in Belize. It’s my right and entitlement to go anywhere, but there are some places in Belize that I don’t go. Because I know that there is a likelihood that I can get hurt while I am in the vicinity – not necessarily deliberately, but accidentally. We hear almost every night on the television, you report, wrong identity – people being in the wrong place in the wrong time, these incidents can happen. And so I try my best to avoid going anywhere where, to my mind, is a likelihood I can get hurt. That doesn’t mean I can’t get hurt anywhere, but there are some places where you have a stronger likelihood of getting hurt than others, and to the extent that those areas exist, I try to stay away from them.”

 

Elrington is slated to meet again with his Guatemalan counterpart Sandra Jovel Polanco at the end of this month as Guatemala ramps up its process of the planned April fifteenth date for the I.C.J. referendum.

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1 Response for “Want to Go to Sarstoon? Sedi Says Be Careful”

  1. hellwithelrington says:

    to heck wit elrington.why shuda d bzeans be scared if them want visit d sarstoon.why shud we bend down n please d friggin alien guats?dem no know how fu measure half a d damn river?mek dem stay pan dem side.unh ministers weh d ppl put ina dem bloody seats a power betta fight fu we country hard n stop thief d li bit a money weh we d poor ppl mek! sounds like sedi done get buy ova by d guats big time n just d try placate d news.if d ppl d go deh n dem cry wolf n u si it pan video da becaz dem gat bloody wolf.sgow some back bone u yellow bellied lilly livered ministers!

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