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Dec 13, 2018

SICA Heads in Belize for Summit

The leaders of all seven Central American countries are in Belize for the 2018 SICA Summit. For the past six months, Belize was at the helm of the Central American Integrated System, SICA, after it assumed the Presidency Pro Tempore from the Dominican Republic on June thirtieth. On Friday, Guatemala will take over the Pro Tempore Presidency. According to Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, for the last half year, Belize accomplished several goals including strengthening relationships between CARICOM and SICA.  Today, foreign affairs ministers of all SICA countries met in Belize to discuss several topics. The meeting was chaired by Minister Elrington.


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Climate change is an existential issue. Secondly, the migration issue and then of course the great question of security. That’s a matter that transcends borders. I like to think, you know the United States are having tremendous fire all over, what happens that in fact we start having tremendous fire in the Chiquibul area. Given the very limited capacities that we have to fight fires, we would be in trouble unless we get help from outside. If a serious disease were to take place in this region, would have to work together.”



“Have you spoken with the Guatemalans for example about the phenomenon of drug planes landing? We know that we saw one land on their side of the Sarstoon a week ago.”


Wilfred Elrington

“I am not sure if we discussed that with them. We might have in passing. But this is an issue that really came up. What happens if you have a drug plane lands in Guatemala or Mexico and people who are flying the plane flee to Belize either from Mexico or Guatemala? In the absence of any kind of understanding and agreement as to how to deal with those people, when they come cross to Belize the only thing you can hold them with is illegal entry which may have happen last Friday. Would you not want us to have a more substantial agreement whereby in fact their officials could perhaps come across and take them and carry them back or some sort kind of arrangement both with Belize and Guatemala.”


The SICA summit continues on Friday with a meeting of the leaders of the Central American countries.

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