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Aug 31, 2011

What would happen without confidence building measures with Guatemala?

Martinez says that the absence of confidence building measures would be counter-productive to keeping peace in the area. The CBMs are renewed every year; still yet, there could be a vacuum should the dispute go before an international tribunal.

Fred Martinez, Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala

Fred Martinez

“My big worry and I think the worry of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and any government of Belize—regardless of who is in power—is what happens when there are no confidence building measures? What would happen? These measures are automatically renewed every year. Any one country could say I no longer want to be adhered to this regime. Who keeps the peace along the line? Who regulates this? Another question would be how long will the OAS be able to maintain this office at the border line? But that is the office that has to do the verifications and the reports and the implementation many times. How long will that happen? So presently there is an exercise going on between the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the various entities of government to look at well, let’s look from here onwards. What would happen between now and a supposed referendum date. And after that referendum date, suppose the people say no we don’t go to court, what’s plan B? And if the people say yes, we go to court, how do we keep the peace during that time of the court proceeding. So it’s a very complicated process.”

According to Martinez, the Belize border is referred to by the Guatemalans and in OAS discussions as an adjacency line because the Guatemalan court has ruled that since there is no longer a treaty to establish a border line, then a border does not exist.

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2 Responses for “What would happen without confidence building measures with Guatemala?”

  1. Lucas says:

    Again, Benjamin Franklin said: one sword keeps another in the scabbard and again: Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you and again: An empire like a cake, is most easily deminished at the edges.

  2. Major Lloyd Jones says:

    Utter nonsense…what was happening before the CBM came into effect? It is not as if these measures have always been there.

    Secondly, I am shocked to hear Fred say that the term “adjacency line” is how the “Guatemalans” refer to the border line since their court has ruled that no border exists. In negotiations, if you can get the other side to start speaking your language you are half way there. We should never have signed ANY document that does not refer to our border. This revelation confirms my long held suspicion that we have adopted a policy of appeasement when it comes to the Guatemalan issue.

    It is clear to me that those who are responsible to address these matters on our behalf are lost and seem more content to receive a pat on the head by the OAS and other high officials rather than to look after the true interest of Belize.


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