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Dec 13, 2018

What Happened to the Sarstoon Protocol?

There is another protocol to report about tonight. It is the Sarstoon Protocol, which is still up in the air. In June 2016, the foreign ministers of both Belize and Guatemala met at the O.A.S. headquarters in Washington to with O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Almagro to begin to negotiate the terms of a cooperation mechanism for the Sarstoon River. Both Parties had agreed to develop this cooperation mechanism for the Sarstoon River while in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016. It has been more than two years and with tensions rising at the Sarstoon, a protocol has yet to be forged. The protocol is expected to develop best practices for the de-escalation of tensions in the Sarstoon River where the Guatemalan military has often blocked Belizeans from traversing. So today Minister Elrington was asked if he has reminded his Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Jovel Polanco, about the commitment made in Istanbul two years ago when Carlos Raul Morales was foreign minister.


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We have raised that issue with them and they still having difficulty with compliance and I am sure that Prime Minister will raise it when he meets his colleagues as well. It is not that they have given up on the commitment. It is simply that they have not yet honored it to the extent that we want it honored. The suggestion is that they have internal difficulties which make it very difficult for them to be able to do that in this point in time. But there are other avenues that we mutually embarking upon to make sure that we will remain relatively safe but it has not been the case that they have complied in the matter which we wanted, with the undertaking which they have given some time ago in Istanbul.”

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1 Response for “What Happened to the Sarstoon Protocol?”

  1. Areyouserious says:

    Guatemala does not respect the PM nor the MFA, do you think they will honor or the very least acknowledge the outcome of the ICJ should they loose???

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