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Jan 15, 2019

Francis Fonseca Revisits Failed Idea of a Sarstoon Protocol

Last Wednesday, former Prime Minister Said Musa agreed that a protocol should be in place between Belize and Guatemala where it concerns access to the Sarstoon River.  He also said that the agreement should have been put in place ahead of the I.C.J. referendum in April.  Today, former P.U.P. leader Francis Fonseca was asked the same question.  He, too, believes that a Sarstoon Protocol can be achieved but that government has fallen short of taking the necessary steps to ensure that it is done.


Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, former P.U.P. Leader

“I believe that a Sarstoon Protocol is obtainable, but again, we have not done the work.  We have not done the proper work, we have not, I think, engaged in a very serious way on this issue.  You know, we’ve been pressing this issue for many years as you rightly said, for many years.  It’s not new.  And so, when I was the Leader of the Opposition, I remember having discussions with the government about it and consistently saying to our leaders, we need to come together, we need to sit down together as opposition and government to try to frame this discussion and this debate about the Sarstoon Protocol.  That was, we never achieved that, that was never done.  So I think that we have not sufficiently delved into this issue.”


Marleni Cuellar

“Do you feel that we are not pressuring enough for the protocol?”


Francis Fonseca

“I agree with the view that pressure is not necessarily going to work, but I think we’ve not engaged enough with all of our partners internationally, with the O.A.S., with all of the relevant entities.  I don’t think we’ve engaged enough and made the case, if you like, how important this is to the Belizean people.”

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