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Jun 7, 2011

Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala talks about highway to Jalacte

Fred Martinez

On Monday you heard the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Haroldo Rhodas, speak about the referendum on the Belize/Guatemala dispute. While in Salvador, we caught up with Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Fred Martinez. We asked him about the development of southern highway to Jalacte and whether it will change relations with Guatemala.

Marleni Cuellar

“Recently we secured the funds to be able to initiate the highway in southern Belize. How has this changed the dialogue between Guatemala and Belize or has it really in terms of trade and in terms of security?”

Fred Martinez, Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala

You’re referring specifically to the Big Falls to Jalacte portion which is being funded by the Central American Bank of Economic Integration and obviously we will have to enter into discussions with Guatemala as to what do we do with that border crossing point, which right now is very informal and everything passes through there. The poor policeman there who is quarantine, inspector, he is customs, he is immigrations, he is police security, everything. Obviously, we will have to put in a formal crossing point there on our side. We have begun discussions with Guatemala, obviously it is a very sensitive issue to the—well not to the government, but to a few of the hardliners who believe that if we install another crossing point as a recognition of the border. But I think that they themselves are being faced with a situation where they see so many things passing through their side that they will be at some time or the other forced to admit that yes, it is necessary. We will, however, go and put in our controls unilaterally.”

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5 Responses for “Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala talks about highway to Jalacte”

  1. rod says:

    so couple millions for a road, and never consulted yet with the guate for customer on the other side, how about how side, do we have the resource to construct formal entry to our country, customs,immigration, ..etc, yet we have an agreement with mexico to modernize our boarder, they have done there part, we can;t construct a road, we have better trade with the mexican than the guatemalos, lets be real, maybe we are just facilitating the drugs lords zeta’s

  2. O.Walk observer says:

    From the beginning that a highway was to be built from Big Falls to Jalacte, the idea just sounded out of wack. We already have more than enough problems with the guats concerning their illegal cultivation of our reserves and illegal settlement on our land. The building of this highway shall multiply this problem five or ten times over, you take my word for it. The Belize government with its’ resource would not be able to cope with the scope of problems. The money should be spent on another location or just do not borrow it; it would be like opening of pandora’s box.

  3. Earl Grey says:

    WHAT HIGHWAY????????????????????????????????
    …………when the CITY STREETS look like THE MOON……full of POT-HOLES / CRATERS.

  4. elohel says:

    Rod is Back!!!!, i was worried that i didn’t hear your chants for justice for the fallen blue and against the p.m. thought u were the guy from ladyville in the couch. but glad to hear you are back ranting and raving about the “boarder”

  5. Belizean says:

    i hope we will own the belize side border buildings and not some foreigner like our current borders

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