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Jun 17, 2016

O.A.S. Resolution Doesn’t Address Annexation of the Sarstoon by Guatemala

At the press conference this afternoon; Party Leader John Briceño also spoke of the resolution that was passed earlier this week at the General Assembly of the O.A.S.  That declaration endorsed by member states, urges both Belize and Guatemala to take the territorial, insular and maritime dispute before the International Court of Justice.  According to Briceño, the resolution does not address the vexing issue of the annexation by Guatemala of the Sarstoon where its military is in full control of the river. This past Thursday, our News Five team headed to the Sarstoon for a second visit, to test whether there is untrammeled access to the river, as the government said after the Istanbul talks. But our team was prevented once again from traversing the river by nine members of the GAF. In fact, the team had to turn back to Punta Gorda because the situation had become dangerously aggressive. Briceño also addressed that issue.


John Briceño

John Briceño, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“We visited the Sarstoon to exercise our sovereignty over our portion of the Sarstoon River.  Now, yesterday, we were very disturbed when we heard that the media was blocked from entering the Sarstoon River, our portion of the Sarstoon River.  They were blocked by the Guatemalan Armed Forces and it was clear that they were in our territorial waters.  That is why we are demanding from the government that they send a very strong diplomatic note to Guatemala and copied to the Organization of American States, the O.A.S., demanding that the Guatemalan Armed Forces remain on their side of the Sarstoon River.  We are also disappointed that the U.D.P. government, despite a letter that I wrote to the prime minister explaining the importance for the P.U.P. to be at the meeting of the O.A.S. General Assembly in the Dominican Republic, chose not to take a bipartisan approach to that meeting and today we are seeing the results of that decision.  We are deeply disappointed in the resolution that was passed.  The resolution clearly shows no progress made towards stopping Guatemala from annexing our portion of the Sarstoon River.  In fact, the resolution deals mostly about restricting our efforts to bring or to inform the international community about Guatemala’s illegal annexation of our portion of the Sarstoon.  What is extremely disturbing is that while the U.D.P. administration was negotiating a resolution and talking about peace in the Dominican Republic, the Guatemalan government was continuing their illegal activities in the Sarstoon and turning back Belizeans from visiting our territorial or sovereign territory.”

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1 Response for “O.A.S. Resolution Doesn’t Address Annexation of the Sarstoon by Guatemala”

  1. Manuel Pinto says:

    De lo que no hay progresos en la OEA, es sobre la anexión de las islas que están frente a las costas de Belice, al correr Belice su limite este establecido en el tratado de 1859, que son territorio de Guatemala; de lo que no hay progresos en la OEA, es sobre la anexión de una franja de tierra comprendida entre los Raudales de Garbutt en el río Belice y los Raudales de Garbutt en río Hondo, que es territorio de Guatemala y que Belice corrió el límite establecido en el tratado de 1859 de los Raudales de Garbutt en el río Belice a los Raudales de Garbutt en el río Hondo y ahora Belice quiere correr el límite sur al querer apoderarse del río Sarstún que es límite sur únicamente de Belice, porque de Guatemala es parte de su territorio. Las anexiones mencionadas si son anexiones ilegales donde en la anexión del límite occidente de Belice el ejercito de Belice asesino a diez campesinos Guatemaltecos dentro del territorio de Guatemala, digo dentro de territorio guatemalteco, porque los hechos sucedieron a la izquierda de la linea imaginaria trazada de los Raudales de Gracias a Dios a los Raudales de Garbutt en el Río Belice que de acuerdo al tratado de 1859, es territorio de Guatemala.

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