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Jun 16, 2016

U.S. and Mexico Offer to Assist Guatemala with Investigation into Death of Minor in Chiquibul

Wilfred Elrington

Now back to the issue of the Guatemalan claim. Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales are heading to Washington early next week where they hope to establish a bilateral cooperation mechanism for the Sarstoon.  But prior to that meeting, there is an ongoing investigation by the Organization of American States into the shooting death of thirteen-year-old Julio Alvarado Ruano in the Chiquibul.  According to Elrington, the most recent update he received is that Guatemala has been offered assistance from Mexico and the United States to look into the matter.  Elrington also says that a discussion between military brass on both sides is being held in advance of Tuesday’s meeting in Washington.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“The last thing I heard was that they had gotten offers of assistance from Mexico and the United States and I think that by now they had gotten letter from the Guatemalans saying that they want to have it done because the last time we were informed about it we had been told that they had not yet received a letter from the Guatemalans, although we had sent our letter quite early.  So that is where it is as far as I am concerned.  I do not know whether my C.E.O. has more information but he should be coming out shortly.”


Isani Cayetano

“Can you give us as well an update on the Sarstoon Protocol?  Where are we with that in terms of either progress being made, are we still at a standstill?  Any new developments?”


Wilfred Elrington

“My understanding is that as we speak the meeting should be taking place between our general and the Guatemalan general and I am scheduled to go to Washington for a meeting on Tuesday morning with the Guatemalan foreign minister to see how much progress we could make on that.”


Isani Cayetano

“The resolution at the ICJ, much has been said about that and we’ve heard certain pronouncements as well.  Can you bring us up to par with what’s taking place in terms of these particular thoughts?”


Wilfred Elrington

“These are basically statements of support given to us by the international community for our own decision at the governmental level to take the matter to the ICJ subject to, of course, us getting the consent of the people in referendum.  So various international organizations, the Commonwealth has said it, the ACP has said it and now the O.A.S. is saying that they in fact support our initiative to do that.  Those resolutions are agreed upon by our technical people, signed off by us and agreed to by the international community.  It’s really a show of support by the international community for the peaceful way in which we are seeking to resolve it.”

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