… But discusses a roadmap for 2014
With all the best intentions and apparent goodwill between both Foreign Ministers, there are still some sticky issues which have led to hostile words and tense moments between countries. One of those is the constant encroachments into Belize by Guatemalans, and the consistent plunder of natural resources within our borders. Those illegal trespassers have come into contact with Belize’s military, and that has rarely ended well. That volatile, but very real thousand pound gorilla in the diplomatic China-shop was a part of discussions today.
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Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize
“We have come together to work on a plan, a roadmap for 2014 which is going to help to eliminate or at least minimize all those activities, enhance relationship and strengthen the momentum and the conviction that we must all go to the ICJ as early as possible. That is really the intention.”
Fernando Carrera, Guatemalan Foreign Minister
“What we are trying to do, and what we have discussed today, is that this measures of confidence also include measures of promoting solution in economic development. And I think what is important is that we understand the security problems you are mentioning, social conditions that need to be solved. Definitely we haven’t created the problem as government of Guatemala, the problems of poverty in Guatemala are structural, but we are doing our best and we are improving now. We have developed new projects of socio-economic development with communities in the adjacency zone. So that would be our answer. Promoting social-economic development as a way of ensuring security in the area.”