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Oct 8, 2020

Do You Know “Kelton?”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is asking for assistance in establishing the identity and nationality of “Kelton.”  He is the man who is stranded in Peten in Guatemala and says he is a Belizean. But before he can be brought back to Belize his nationality has to be confirmed and that responsibility lies with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry says that so far checks with Social Security, Immigration and Vital Stats have not yielded much of a result. The Ministry says that they were also informed of a potential relative, an aunt by the name of Doris Tennet of Belize City.  Meanwhile, a place for Kelton has been found for him to stay. C.E.O. Lou Anne Burns is asking anyone who can provide more information on Kelton to please come forward.

 

On the Phone: Lou Anne Burns, C.E.O., Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Generally when we get notification of someone in distress a Belizean or someone claiming to be a Belizean then we reach out and try to see what the situation is and how we can assist and if they  need to get home how we can assist in that process. Now in the case of Mister Batin and we have two different names for him at this time. We are going a call out because that he has indicated that he has family members in San Pedro. We dont have a lot of consistent information about him and as a government our first duty was, the first think we did is to try to reach out to ensure that he had somewhere safe to stay and that he had meals and that has been very kindly covered. The first step in the process is to ensure that he is actually Belizean because he is not with any documentation that we are aware off or weve been able to identify. We have been checking our systems and he does not seem at this point under the names provide to come up. So it is important for us to try to a reach out to anyone who might know, might be a relative. Once we know he is Belizean, then we can proceed to do more and then of course proceed to get him documentation to get him home and all of the rest. When you have a direct interview that reveals much more.


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