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Jun 3, 2015

Sedi Sets the Record Straight on Artificial Borders

Wilfred Elrington

This morning, when we spoke to the Foreign Minister, we also raised the issue of a statement he made some time ago that angered various sectors of the population. It has to do with the term “artificial borders,” which the minister had used to describe our borders, which are under dispute by Guatemala. Elrington explains that it is a technical term, but that the media has not taken time to explain what this means.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Also, too, going back to the artificial border, that is the technical expression that is used. There is no other word that is properly used to define a border that is man-made. The fact that local people are not familiar of the use of the word in that way, I can’t be faulted for that. I am in an international setting. I am on Washington. I have signed this special agreement. I am asked about it and I make reference to the use. Everybody who was present at that occasion understood immediately what I meant. It doesn’t mean that we do not have a border, the border is defined in the 1859 Treaty, what I was saying was that it is a man made border. People in my division have no difficulty with me. The people who have difficulty with me are people in the media, who, in my view, don’t seem to want to research, don’t seem to want to read,  and who don’t seem  to want to be interested in the truth. All the information is available and all that I have done is public. Even today, I have not heard one of you on any of the news media explain to the people that the word artificial border is the correct technical expression. None of you are bold enough to do that. You pander to people’s fears. No. Mr Elrington is crazy. He is using the wrong word. You know better you know, you all know better because you have access to the dictionary, access to the works, in some cases I have given people the books and to make reference to it, but nobody has made that public But whatever I do, is to find something negative to say.”

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5 Responses for “Sedi Sets the Record Straight on Artificial Borders”

  1. del says:

    The FM needs to give an example of a natural border as opposed to the “artificial” border. The Sarstoon and Rio Hondo are examples of “natural” borders. I believe people will then have a clearer understanding of what he means by “artificial” border, i.e. the western border.

  2. del says:

    Further to my comments above, I’d like to add that an artificial border can be “moved” by means of a treaty between the 2 pertinent countries or by judicial decision.

  3. Bulba Martinez says:

    Now dis yah Jac-A-s really dih swing off dih Limb now. Wat if I seh dat all Borders mih mek by man and yet Guatemala define fuh dem wan weh we can’t cross like we have wah mind Sedi? You dah noh Local just like we da noh normal people fuh Gapi. Unu stink unu smart till unu stupid,

  4. Al says:

    If its an artificial border, how come Guatemala could confidently arrest, take us to their country and jail our asses, and also tell us to get the hell off an island that WE KNOW, is within OUR “artificial” side; but you can’t explain that huh Sedi?

  5. CEO says:

    I am not his biggest fan but I can say on this one he is correct and I must support him on this one.

    The problem I have with him is he needs to be more fort coming with the people and let them know when Guatemala comes across the boarder illegally what he does about it instead of not making any public statement and give the perception that he is not doing anything about the incursions.

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