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Dec 17, 2018

Guat former Foreign Minister expresses shock over Sedi’s “invasion” comment!

A few weeks ago a delegation of Belizean media travelled to the Netherlands on a U.S. Embassy sponsored trip to learn more about the International Court of Justice. The second part of the programme began today as the delegation travelled to Guatemala City to get an update on the pulse of the Guatemalans on the issue of the Belize/Guatemala dispute some eight months after their referendum. The group interviewed several personalities, including former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales who is now on a ticket to run as Vice President of Guatemala along with Sandra Torres as President. The interview with Morales took place this afternoon. One of the questions posed to the former diplomat was regarding our own Foreign Minister’s comments on the possibility of a Guatemalan invasion if Belize would vote NO in the I.C.J. The two foreign ministers shared a very good relationship but the former diplomat was in disbelief that Elrington would make such a statement. For context we go first to the statement by Elrington.

 

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir but you’ve said that if Belizeans vote no on April tenth Guatemalans will come over and invade, and take over Belize and we will become refugees.”

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Wilfred Elrington

 “That is not what I said.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Some say that that statement might be too farfetched.”

 

Wilfred Elrington

 “That is not what I said. What I said is that that can happen. That can happen because none of us know the future.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“But the possibility is minimal of that happening…”

 

Wilfred Elrington

 “No, no. I don’t discount anything. I have seen things in my lifetime that I thought would never had happened. What I am trying to do is to ensure we as government do all in power to inform and educate the Belizean people as to all the possibilities so that the know when they make their decision on April tenth what the consequences can be.”

 

 

Reporter

“Invasion to you in a possibility?”

 

 

 

Wilfred Elrington

 “That’s always a possibility. No country has military force for gain. You don’t have these things just because you like guns and militaries establishments and institutions. You have them to defend your own territory and they have been used as we see in the case of Russia and North Korea and the others for aggressive purposes as well.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“You had a great working relationship with our foreign minister Sedi Elrington, in a recent interview he has said that there is a risk that Guatemala may invade Belize if we vote no.”

 

Carlos Raul Morales

Carlos Raul Morales, Former Foreign Minister, Guatemala

“Really.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“What are your thoughts on the possibility of this?”

 

Carlos Raul Morales

“Well you now that Mr. Elrington is a very good friend of mine, I hope to say hello to him right now at the end of the year in Belize. I didn’t know that and to be honest I don’t think he said that because probably it is out of context.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“He did.”

 

Reporter

“He said exactly that.”

 

Carlos Raul Morales

“Guatemala is a country that respect our neighbours, we are a country that signed the peace in 1996, we use to experience conflict for almost 36 years and we lost a lot of people. This is why when a Guatemalan die in Belize we get upset because we don’t want more deaths, we don’t want more violence between the Guatemalans, or with Mexicans, or with Salvadorans, Hondurans or Belizeans, we want peace. And I don’t see the government of Guatemala taking these kinds of actions. If Belize say no we have to respect the decision of the people of Belize. But we need to continue with the process. And now with the referendum means Belize is out of the I.C.J. because we have a commitment that we signed in 2008 and we have a commitment with the international community to give a solution to the international matter. And the US is there asking us to give a solution to the situation forever and the only way to give a solution is I.C.J. and Guatemala isn’t going to invade as a Guatemalan I can assure that. We have a lot of problems in Guatemala; poverty, malnutrition, we need to reconstruct a lot of thousands of kilometres of roads. We need to bring water to a lot of communities, we need to build houses for a lot of people, we have a lot of things to do in Guatemala and I can assure that to invade Belize is not in our list of things we need to do. We need to build the peace with Belize that is the message we send to Belize. As a Guatemalan citizen I can assure you that we want to live in peace with Belize and if you fail in the referendum we need to continue  and we need to continue building this relationship but I can assure you that international community will request that we get a solution to this situation.”

 


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2 Responses for “Guat former Foreign Minister expresses shock over Sedi’s “invasion” comment!”

  1. Conch Soup says:

    Sedi Elrington was my lawyer once.
    The man is f….ng crzy or is high on drugs all the time.
    He should be in Rockview.

  2. Marie says:

    Ok, so when the issue is taken back to ICJ, and let’s say the outcome favors Belize, I hope you can respect the decision and leave Belize alone.

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