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Jun 7, 2016

Sedi Says Gapi’s Statement on Guatemalan Hostility was Sanctioned by G.O.B.

The Istanbul talks on the Sarstoon were held on May twenty-third, and today was the first opportunity the media has had to debrief Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, so to speak. Much has happened since that discussion between representatives of Belize and Guatemala, including an informal agreement which may or may not have actually happened, entry to the Sarstoon denied to the media and a P.U.P. trip allowed. We’ll have Elrington’s take on all that, but we start tonight’s coverage with then Deputy Prime Minister Vega’s address in Cuba at the seventh Summit of the Association of Caribbean States. Vega asked the ACS for support against that he called a serious threat posed by Guatemala’s troubling shift in foreign policy. Today, Elrington told News Five that nothing said in those forums is ad hoc and all commentary is sanctioned by the government.


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“You have to appreciate that we see things differently. The President has his own constituency to be responsible to and we have our own constituency. The summit of the ACS really is a political organization; it is an organization where you bring up these issues. And what the Deputy Prime Minister simply stated was that our both civilians and military personnel were being intercepted by Guatemalan military personnel. And that was of recent; it has been happening about a year and a half now. And we cannot countenance it because the mid channel of the Sarstoon constitutes our southern border. We have always used it; we have been using those waterways even before 1859, both for civilian and military purposes. So therefore we cannot countenance it being a restrain now. And that’s all the Deputy Prime Minister was saying and that was the forum to say it. That is the forum where you raise all these political matters. So we were quite proper to raise it there. But it was not anything that was not true. He was basically reporting, as far as I know, what had been happening in our river.”

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1 Response for “Sedi Says Gapi’s Statement on Guatemalan Hostility was Sanctioned by G.O.B.”

  1. Manuel Pinto says:

    El río Sarstún no es negociable, el artículo I del tratado de 1859, establece que el río Sarstún es el límite sur de Belice, esto quiere decir que el río Sarstún es el límite únicamente de Belice de Guatemala es parte de su territorio. El tratado de 1859, no le otorga el derecho a Belice de navegar sobre el río Sarstún, como tampoco le otorga soberanía sobre ninguna parte del río. El río Sarstún es territorio de Guatemla. El río Sarstún no tiene canales, tampoco tiene islas. El gobierno de Belice esta tergiversando el artículo VI del tratado de 1859, que se refiere a los límites marítimos relativos a los canales e islas que se encuentran frente a las costas de Belice. El artículo VI preceptúa: 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. Queda demostrado que el artículo VI, no tiene nada que ver con el río Sarstún. Si tienen duda lean los artículos citados del referido tratado.

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