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Apr 17, 2018

What is Needed to Solve Border Issues

Belize’s ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, today provided a primer of the countries’ relations and plans surrounding resolving the Guatemalan claim. He notes that there is not much Belize can do short of a legal settlement that will resolve our ongoing border issues both in the west at the Chiquibul, nor in the south at the Sarstoon. What it comes down to, he said, is what Belize knows, and what Guatemala feels.


Alexis Rosado

Alexis Rosado, Belize Ambassador to Guatemala

“The problem with the border is one that will keep giving us problems; they will not go away. You could put more B.D.F. there, they will not go away. You could have our friend the Territorial Volunteers and F.C.D. go there and have as much presence as possible – that will not solve the problem. What we need – the boundaries by nature involve two parties. If you didn’t have two parties you wouldn’t have a boundary, right? You know that. So the problems associated with those things are not even two-fold, they have a number of different aspects to them. One is the legal certainty to begin with. We feel very strongly that the boundary was defined in 1859, we have the monuments there; part of it was demarcated in the 1920’s so we are clear about that; our Constitution is very clear about where our boundary lies; our neighbor does not agree. So there you have a problem that has to be resolved. Some would say it’s not with us they have a problem, they have a problem with the British. The fact is that the British don’t have a boundary with Guatemala, it’s us. And that applies to the Sarstoon as well. The Guatemalans feel that the whole river belongs to them, and we know in accordance with the 1859 treaty that the line runs on the mid-channel, and the island is to the north of the mid-channel which means that it is Belizean. That is our clear legal position.”

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1 Response for “What is Needed to Solve Border Issues”

  1. spike says:

    Mr. Rosado,
    I think Belize should start thinking about doing two things: First, elect Bill Mehia as PM. Second, claim nearly all of Guatemala!

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