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May 13, 2020

Melchor Mayor Comments on Protest by Guatemalan Truck Drivers

Amado Yanez

Belizean representatives in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which included Said Badi Guerra, met with his Guatemala counterpart, Edgar Aguilar and the mayor of Melchor de Mencos, Amado Yanez to discuss the standoff at the Western Border. As we reported, the meeting was fruitful as the impasse between Guatemalan truck drivers and Belizean authorities was resolved. The new protocols were needed since the implementation of the State of Emergency regulations and the fact that Guatemala and Mexico are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Mayor Yanez told Guatemalan media Muni Melchor that he hopes that the new protocols are because of the pandemic and not for any other reason.


Amado Yanez, Mayor, Melchor de Mencos (Translated)

“That is what we understand. I hope that it is for that and not for the work that our people are doing who are going in and coming out. I know that for many years they have been working. We wait that it is the best for our people who are suffering right now.  If there is no agreement I understand that they will not allow any vehicle to pass that are taking there what is propane, combustible and other items that were head to Belize. The people who will decide.”

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