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Aug 18, 2015

P.U.P. Deputy Leader and Senator Recount Sarstoon Island Expedition

Lisa Shoman

The People’s United Party did not form a part of the expedition, but former P.U.P. Foreign Minister and current Senator Lisa Shoman was present and accounted for…as was P.U.P. Deputy Leader Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, who is a member of the Belize Territorial Volunteers. Both took the opportunity to recount their experiences of Sunday’s Sarstoon incident, and both insist, as has everyone who was there, that at no time did any Belizean vessel stray into Guatemalan territory. 


Lisa Shoman, P.U.P. Senator

“It was absolutely and totally within our rights to go to Sarstoon, to travel around Sarstoon Island and we are all in agreement that (a) we must reassert our rights over the Sarstoon and that the Forward Operating Base must be built. I am pleased to be able to say that I was wrong. Because when I was interviewed at the sandbank I was not of the opinion at that point in time that we would have been harassed or even approached by the Guatemalans. As events turned out, not only were we approached but they tried to prevent the boats from going.”


Carolyn Trench-Sandiford

Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, P.U.P. Deputy Leader

“I was in the boat that the Guatemalan military continued to ram, and while they were ramming our boat they were telling us that if we touched their boat it would be considered an act of aggression and then they the military would have the right to exert force upon us. I was there when they spoke of calling for their infantry. At all times we were in the Northern portion of the creek near the Southern shore of the mainland. At no time did we stray into Guatemalan territory. In fact, they were in our territory. When the O.A.S. came by we asked the question – are we not in our territory and they said yes, at that point in time we were. This happened a week or so after the Foreign Minister of Belize was asking the Belizean people to give peace a chance. How can we as Belizeans believe in the authenticity of that message when in our own country we are continuously being aggressed by the Guatemalan military? That is something that the Guatemalan military will have to answer.”

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4 Responses for “P.U.P. Deputy Leader and Senator Recount Sarstoon Island Expedition”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    This is what happens when you grow up as loyal and patriotic baymen. We never invested time and will in defending our country. Belize should have had mandatory military service from genesis. But Massa could always be counted on right? I guess not. So we sent two skirts to man up for us. Impressive!

  2. truth says:

    its so amazing to see that we had two WOMEN from the PUP being apart of this expedition. This is a clear example that these men in government and opposion are just a bunch of cowards. Come men, MAN UP!!!! where was fonseca?? these women with audry mauturo and wil mejia would make a great team. Its clear the we are sold out by UDP. But the PUP are just a bunch of ballsless men

  3. CEO says:

    This is what we need to start happening those that can make a difference should witness this mess first hand and report back to the rest of the world.

    I am proud of these two women.

    This should not be a political thing. I would love to see that on the next trip there are people from both houses of government on board.

  4. Belizean Pride says:

    I agree with the top comments above hopefully we have a female PM next election maybe things will change more and they seem to have more ball than the present ones in place.

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