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Jan 21, 2014

Maheia says incursions continue because borders not properly marked

Wil Maheia

Maheia reiterates that the incursions continue because our borders are not properly marked and properly patrolled.

 

Wil Maheia, Founding Member, Belize Territorial Volunteers

“The evidence speaks for itself, you look at the Belize border and the number of troops you see in the border, we probably have the least number of troops on the border than any country in the world. If you go next door to the border between Guatemala and Mexico it is clear, it is defined, you could walk at it, you can pick up something at the ground at it, it is there, it is there to be seen. We in Belize our borders, it is hard to be seen because it is not defined. We have Guatemalan pastures into our territory, we have Guatemalan road, the road at Santa Cruz village in Guatemala come through Belize and back into Guatemala and we have not put up a fence or plant trees or anything to take back that road and make it part of Belize once again. Right now we have ceded some land to Guatemala, we as Belizeans have to be more alert and we need to get back that land. And that is one of the reasons we should not even be talking to those people about going to the ICJ, ICJ is not an option. What is an option is that we need to build our relationship with Guatemala, define, clean, clear our border line.”

 

We note that last Friday, a delegation from Guatemala met with officials here to discuss confidence building measures. The discussions are a follow-up to the recent visit of Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera. And while it has not been officially announced, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington will reportedly be travelling to Washington DC this week, where he will meet again with Carrera. 

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