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Jun 9, 2016

Shoman Disagrees with Foreign Minister on Sarstoon Annexation

Lisa Shoman

Foreign Minister Elrington also, during his extended interview, explained that allegations that Guatemala is annexing the Sarstoon are unfounded and impossible. Shoman says she respectfully disagrees.


Lisa Shoman, Member of Opposition’s Belize/Guatemala Committee

“First of all, if someone comes into your yard and claims the line of mango trees along the fence and start picking the fruit and says you can’t pick the fruit, whether legally or not they are right, for all practical purposes they have annexed your mango trees. In this scenario what Guatemala has done by persistent diplomatic notes saying they own all of the Sarstoon, including one that was sent last week after the P.U.P. trip, they have made it very clear that they consider the Sarstoon theirs and they will act in a manner consistent with that. That is what annexation is for all practical purposes whether they have the right to do so or not. Now, clearly we reject the assertion that they have taken the Sarstoon. We reject the notion that they have any right to do so. We insist that half the Sarstoon River and the Island. That this was done by the 1859 Treaty and Guatemala has no right to it, but when they are acting aggressively and assertively to claim that river and block Belizeans from going there then we have to call it for what it is. It looks like annexation and it smells like annexation and it is annexation for all practical purposes.”

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2 Responses for “Shoman Disagrees with Foreign Minister on Sarstoon Annexation”

  1. Mike G. says:

    Face it folks, the Sarston is gone! Without international intervention, we will never get it back.

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    El río Sarstún nunca a sido de Belice, el río Sarstún es límite de Belice, pero territorio de Guatemala, el río Sarstún no esta incluido en el tratado de 1859, los ríos que si están comprendidos dentro del tratado de 1859, son los ríos Sibun, Belice y Hondo.

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