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Feb 5, 2018

Funding still needed for Adjacency Zone

Funding for the OAS’ office at the Adjacency Zone remains an area of concern for Belize and Guatemala, as efforts are continuous in finding monies to keep its doors open.  At present, there is enough to hold over for some months, however, foreign ministers for both countries will need to seek financial aid from the international community.  According to Elrington, it is necessary to secure funding in the months to come, particularly in light of the pending referendum and education campaigns.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Wilfred Elrington

“One of the reasons why we went to Washington last week was precisely to see what extent we could make plans to get the additional funding that we need and after we had met with the Secretary General and after we had heard the report of the OAS to the Peace Fund, we did meet with the group of friends at which point the Secretary General made a greater pitch to them for funding.  We seem to have funding secure for the next eight months, largely produced and provided for by the OAS, but after a certain time we will need to have that Peace Fund replenished and so we are trying our best to see how we could raise the funds.  Maybe it would be necessary for the foreign minister of Guatemala and myself to go abroad to solicit more funds.  It’s something we had talked about, myself and Carlos Raul Morales, her predecessor.  So that might still have to happened because the amount of funds we would need for the referendum and the education campaign is going to be significant.  We don’t have it so we will try to get our friends in the international community to provide it for us.”

 

The OAS Peace Fund has been instrumental in assisting with various initiatives between the border towns of Benque Viejo and Melchor de Mencos.

 

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