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Jun 7, 2016

Is P.U.P.’s Guatemalan-approved Trip to Sarstoon an Assertion of Sovereignty?

The media was stopped by the GAF, but an expedition of P.U.P. parliamentarians and executive members who made the trip exactly one week after were not. In fact, that expedition was able to circle Sarstoon Island with not a peep from the Guatemalan military. Peace reigns in the Sarstoon, right? Well, no. What happened is that P.U.P. Leader John Briceño informed Prime Minister Dean Barrow that they would be going to the Sarstoon. PM Barrow then turned around and sent word to the Guatemalans. And the Guatemalans, friendly sort that they are, allowed the P.U.P. to enter the Sarstoon. Today, Elrington confirmed that was the case, but says that somehow it still equates to an assertion of sovereignty by Belize.



“Is it the case that the Guatemalans sent a letter to your ministry of Friday after the trip that the P.U.P. made, saying that they basically allowed that trip because Belize had informed them of it and that it was an educational visit?”


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I was not only was told that, I was told that by word of mouth by the Foreign Minister of Guatemala and I was sure the boats…I think there were two boats going around because the Guatemalans had photographed them. They did not see the drone, but the drone was on top photographing every move that they made. And the Guatemalans did it; they knew that they were going. But I think they are moving to the point where they want to normalize the situation. That’s my view. I don’t think they are happy with the status quo; they want to normalize the relationship. That is the instructions we got from the O.A.S.; that is the undertaking we gave to the O.A.S….that we will seek to normalize and they are trying to do it in the best way they can. That’s my sense. So they were happy to tell me that look, the P.U.P. went there and there were no incidents.”



“But then that almost makes a suggestion that there were incidents…it’s an exception, we allowed the P.U.P. to go.”


Wilfred Elrington

“I never miss that. I never missed Jules. You could tell me that you allowed me to do it, but if I am exercising my right, it doesn’t matter what you say. The important thing is that I am able to go and come without let or hindrance. If you want to say that bwai I’m allowing you and you don’t interfere with me and I go and I come as I like. It is fine. Makes you feel good that you believe that you are allowing me; it makes me feel good to know that I can come and go as I like.”



“However, if somebody else goes, there will not be let and there will be hindrance.”


Wilfred Elrington

“No…that’s what I am saying. They normalizing the situation and my understanding is that things is going to get back to normal. There is not going to be this traditional position of stopping people. We are trying to move away from that; that’s why we want to have the thing resort to normalcy. That is what we are working towards.”

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2 Responses for “Is P.U.P.’s Guatemalan-approved Trip to Sarstoon an Assertion of Sovereignty?”

  1. Mrs. P says:

    WHY ON EARTH is there the need to ask permission to the Guatemalans to go to the Sarstoon????????????? This only says one thing: the Guatemalans own the Sarstoon!!!! And Sedi he only changes the topic not to answer the question!

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    El artículo I del tratado de 1859, establece que el límite sur de Belice es el río Sarstún, o sea el río Sarstún es límite únicamente de Belice, porque de Guatemala es parte de su territorio, el río Sarstún esta bajo soberanía de Guatemala. Belice esta tergiversando el artículo VI del tratado de 1859, relativo a los limites marítimos de los canales e islas que se encuentran frente a las costas de Belice, el artículo VI del tratado del tratado de 1859 regula: Se establece la libre navegación en los canales que forman la línea de agua divisoria de los límites, así como la asignación de islas en esos canales. Este artículo se refiere a los límites marítimos y no se le aplica al río Sarstún el río Sarstún no tiene canales como tampoco tiene islas. Si tienen duda lean los artículos citados y seguimos comentando.

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