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Apr 8, 2016

How Close are Belize and Guatemala to Establishing Protocols at Sarstoon?

Belize attended the meeting at O.A.S. headquarters with draft Sarstoon protocols in hand, aimed at defusing a potentially dangerous situation in the Southern River. So after all the diplomatic speak, just how close are both countries to establishing constructive, peaceful rules of engagement in the Sarstoon? Opposition representative on the Belize delegation Assad Shoman explained.


Amb. Assad Shoman, Opposition Representative, Belize Delegation

Assad Shoman

“Progress was made in attempting to come together in that issue but of course something as complicated as that cannot happen in one day so that the Guatemalan side will of course take that document back. We will hear back from Ambassador Rosado and the General who were at that meeting to know what the concerns of the Guatemalans are and so on. Within a few days we can’t put an exact date on it, the foreign Minister has to meet with the President, we have to meet with our principals here as well. Within a few days we have to come back and be able then to come up with way for peaceful use and natural harmony to exist in the Sarstoon, That is our objective, the generals have both spoken here among us and said that they want peace, that they will remain in close and constant contact with each other. By telephone or whichever means is necessary to ensure that this understanding that there must be peace will percolate down to all the ranks and right down to the elements that are present along the Sarstoon. So we leave here with hope that there will be peace and that soon we will come back and be able to sign on to some document that will declare the modus on the Sarstoon when there is a definitive resolution on the claim.

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1 Response for “How Close are Belize and Guatemala to Establishing Protocols at Sarstoon?”

  1. Marie says:

    There needs to be no more discussion, from the time Belize started giving away land to Guatemala, they gave them access to more. Until the finalization of the agreement at ICJ, military especially killed on Belize soil in line of duty is unacceptable and the Guatemalan if they committed the crime should be tried in International criminal courts.

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