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Mar 1, 2013

Mayors comment on territorial dispute

Darrell Bradley

And with the dispute between both countries on the forefront of the medias, the mayors say that the national politics should have no effect on the exchanges between the two cities.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Our jurisdiction has to do with the municipalities. And our interest is that the City of Belize would have a formal relationship with the city of San Benito. We routinely established these sister city relationships and it is fitting that we should have one with a close neighbor. And I think that because of the close proximity to Belize of San Benito, there are a lot of opportunities for us to have very meaningful and profound exchanges. So that what we are doing here and the relationship that we have developed over the last six months has, in a sense and in our point of view, nothing to do with the national politics. But in a larger and more profound sense it does because when you talk about create peace between two countries, you create peace through experiences and the experiences like this go a long way to enable peace to occur. While we, in a sense, do not have anything to do with what’s going on in a national sense, what we do, does. Because when we have more experiences and exchanges, greater dialogue between each opportunity, each trade relations that we are able to create; every single cultural exchange that occurs between Belize City and San Benito; that allows people from each of the two countries to see and open their to realize that really and truly what we are talking about is two sisters, two brothers, coming together in friendship. So peace is created like that.”

 

Sonia Rivera

Sonia Rivera, Mayor, San Benito, Petén, Guatemala

“I would just like a call to all those leaders, we as leaders and also as parents, to give the example. So we would like to ask the political leaders and also the parents and also those people that are leaders in different communities and cities to give the example because we are not going nowhere with all these things happening nationally. So we are here to give the example that with harmony and love, we can solve problems and then we can bring the development in our cities.”

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7 Responses for “Mayors comment on territorial dispute”

  1. Lucas says:

    I can already hear Darrel using such phrases as: Hola Vos; Oye patojo; Pone la brek; Pusha la troca.

  2. firewalker says:

    The British US and Guatamala all know where the border is. Why doesn’t Belize know?

  3. firewalker says:

    The British US and Guatamala all know where the border is. Why doesn’t Belize know?

  4. Starbros Intel says:

    I don’t believe in too much talking. A lot have been said and nothing is being done. Government doesn’t realize that the moment a dispute between guatemala and Belize takes place, the same guatemalans living in Belize will fight against this country! It’s time to take back Belize!

  5. Starbros Intel says:

    I don’t believe in too much talking. A lot have been said and nothing is being done. Government doesn’t realize that the moment a dispute between guatemala and Belize takes place, the same guatemalans living in Belize will fight against this country! It’s time to take back Belize! Get involved.

  6. Initiate says:

    Good job Mr. Bradley. Lets go beyond all the nonsense immature talk going on! And be a mature effective society.

  7. Bear says:

    Mayor, they are measuring your office for a new Guat flag!

    HOW CAN AN ELECTED LEADER FRATERNIZE WITH THE ENEMY LIKE THIS? What is the pay-off for him? He sure is no patriot.

    Hitler conquered many countries with the help of traitors within his victims. The Norwegian traitor even gave his name to that tactic, “Quisling” means a leader helping the enemy, just like in the States they still talk about “Benedict Arnold” as a word for traitor. Is Mayor Bradley our Quisling or Benedict Arnold?

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