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May 17, 2016

Lisel Alamilla and TAA Still At Odds

On Monday, the Toledo Alcaldes Association issued a release, following an incident where the chair of the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission reportedly evicted TAA President Alfonso Cal from the Commission’s office.  The Toledo Alcaldes Association, after meeting to discuss a five-point resolution on the weekend, was seeking an audience with Chairlady Lisel Alamilla at the Commission offices in Punta Gorda Town.  Their attempt at a sit-down with Alamilla was futile since the police were said to have been called to remove the village leaders from the premises.  The friction stems from an order by the Caribbean Court of Justice as it relates to Maya customary land rights.  The directive from the CCJ requires the establishment of a commission which should work closely with the respective Maya communities in addressing land rights issues.  Earlier today, the commission responded with a release of its own, expressing disappointment by the statements made by the TAA.  According to the memo, a planned meeting was held on Monday with leaders from thirty-two communities.  While the commission maintains that the order did not cede autonomy of the villages to any particular organization, an offer has been made to meet with the Steering Committee at an agreeable date.  The commission says it will go ahead with consultations with village leaders in the Toledo District and Punta Gorda Town.

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