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May 17, 2016

P.U.P. Call for Investigation into Border Incident

While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Police Department stay silent on the alleged seizure of Mennonites by Guatemalans, the opposition People’s United Party is not. In a release issued late today, the Party calls for an immediate investigation by pertinent authorities into the allegation made by Roger Plett. It states that, “we understand that any incident that happens at and in close vicinity to the border anywhere along the Adjacency Zone must be treated with sensitivity and handled meticulously. But it must be investigated. Five days have passed since this alleged incident and we have heard nothing from our Police and nothing from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” The P.U.P. makes reference to widespread media reports on Monday from teams which went to the site of the alleged detention. And then the Party takes a jab at Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, who over the weekend basically blamed the local media for the situation with Guatemala. The release pointedly notes that, “Unlike the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, we do not believe that our local media have been compromised by foreign interests. We do not believe that they do a grave injustice to our society, but rather make an invaluable contribution which can never be disregarded. We find it unfortunate that it is only through the media that we are made privy to these very consequential and disturbing allegations.” The release ends with another call for an investigation, and for suitable and strong diplomatic moves to follow said investigation if found necessary.

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