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May 3, 2016

PM Barrow on Discussion Topics at Bilateral Meetings

Dean Barrow

There are many issues on the table between Belize and Guatemala, including what the Prime Minister has termed a crisis averted. But even before that crisis following the Chiquibul incident, the Sarstoon remained a volatile point between countries. So what exactly will the Belizean delegation discuss when it sits across from Guatemala in Washington?


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The Guatemalans have insisted there was not any mobilization as the term is understood in international parlance; that what they say. But in any event, notwithstanding some very unfortunate remarks that I saw coming from the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, there is no doubt in our minds that there has been a de-escalation on the part of the Guatemalans. So while clearly the issue of the Sarstoon, which is for us the most immediately urgent issue, cannot be isolated from the larger context of Belize Guatemala relations, the compelling discussion will have to take place about the Sarstoon. I don’t want to say too much more; I can’t prejudge how the meetings will conclude. Remember that as I said, there are actually going to be two bites at the cherry in terms of the bilateral meeting that is taking place now and then the tripartite meeting among the Secretary General, Belize and Guatemala tomorrow.”

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