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Jan 24, 2020

No Turkey or Nevada Appointment for Lev Dermen Says Sedi

Lev Dermen

Amid the Lev Dermen/John Saldivar fiasco is a claim that ambassadorship for Turkey was being sought on behalf of Dermen through various U.D.P. ministers.  Those appointments, as stated at his press conference last Wednesday, are handled solely by the prime minister.  We asked Foreign Minister Elrington whether he knew of such a request.  He also explained why the recommendation for Dermen to be made Honorary Consul to Nevada was unsuccessful.


Isani Cayetano

“Minister, I was made to understand, and perhaps you can either confirm or dispel the notion altogether, that Mr. Dermen had sought through other ministerial channels, perhaps, an ambassadorship to Turkey.  Are you aware of that, can you speak to that?”


Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I have no knowledge of that.  But let me say that if that were done it would not be completely unusual because all over the world people want positions of prominence, particularly in the Foreign Service.”


Isani Cayetano

“So what happened Nevada appointment, if I should call it that, where Lev Dermen had requested to be the honorary consul for the State of Nevada?”


Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

“Belize had requested to have him made honorary consul based on his CV which is very impressive.  He’s a businessman who is engaged in the oil industry and seemed to have done well over the years, but the United States government indicated that they had some adverse report about him and so they did not think they could accede to a request in that regard.  Again, that happens.  It happens, that’s why we go through the process of causing the person to be vetted and this man went through the same process like all the other applicants for that position.  He was vetted both by the local police and by Interpol.”

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