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Apr 14, 2021

Minster for Indigenous People Comments on Barranco Village Land Dispute

In Tuesday’s newscast, we looked at Garifuna communal lands and a dispute involving Barranco Village which claims people from Midway, a predominantly Maya community, are developing Barranco village lands.  However, Midway Village is on a list of Maya Villages that falls under the Caribbean Court of Justice’s Maya Land Right’s concession order. Nonetheless, it appears that both communities are willing to amicably resolve the border issue. A first meeting between both communities was held on March thirteenth where leaders of Midway presented a proposal for the establishment of a mutually agreed to border line.  Today, when we caught up with the Minister for Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, we asked her for an update on those negotiations.


Dolores Balderamos Garcia

Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs

“Our commissioner Mr. Gregory Choc is working on that. We have a very good meeting initially that was held in Punta Gorda, and the both sides are willing to put their positions forward so that we can begin what we call a boundary delimitation. But, we have started the conversation. It is not something that will be finished right away.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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