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Sep 7, 2016

Briceño says Guat Foreign Minister “a fool” about Alvarado report

John Briceno

The P.U.P. stepped out of bipartisan bilateral talks with Guatemala for some time now.  They said it was in protest of the Barrow administration’s mishandling of the situation and that the party was not being kept in the loop. Months later, with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales now breathing fire at an adverse finding by two independent investigators commissioned by the O.A.S. and tensions on both sides, will the P.U.P. step back in? First, Briceño told us that the reactions by Minister Morales to the O.A.S. report are a lot alike to Prime Minister Barrow’s response to the Special Immigration Audit. Briceño maintains that government has not been serious about relations with our western neighbour.


John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“First of all, I would like to point out that the Guatemalan Foreign Minister is a fool. He is the one – his President demanded that we have international investigators come in to find out what happened. Now that they have found out the truth, that it was not the B.D.F. that had this unfortunate accident that this poor child was killed – now they don’t like the report. He reminds me of Dean Barrow, who says that he wants to stop corruption, but now that he gets a report from the Auditor General, what does he say? What does he do? ‘Oh, there are some wrong things – they didn’t follow the process, they didn’t follow the procedure’ – no wonder why they apparently get along so well. Where are we with that? We have been saying that the Government needs to get serious when it comes to dealing with Guatemala, we have been saying it over and over. Because we have had such a weak position as a Government when dealing with Guatemala, we have emboldended the Guatemalan government to take stronger and stronger positions. Look at the situation in the Sarstoon River – to this day Belizeans cannot freely access our portion of the Sarstoon River. That, all of that happened under the watch of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. That has to change.”

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