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Mar 12, 2013

Elrington says it is nonsense to the maps that include Belize as part of Guatemala

Wilfred Elrington

Guatemala’s Vice-Minister of Education, Evelyn Amado de Segura, is taking the unfounded Guatemalan claim to the heart of that country, its children and youth. Segura has taken one of the offensive maps that usurps Belize into that country, and has written to directors in the education ministry to use the map as the official map for schools across Guatemala. It’s an unusual but deliberate move in the face of a referendum in which the people of both countries will decide on October sixth if the territorial claim of Belize will be taken to the International Court of Justice. Indoctrinating the minds of the youths to believe Belize belongs to Guatemala pushes for domination rather than border clarification appears to be Guatemala’s strategy. News Five asked the Foreign Minister for his perspective on this move by the Guatemalan education ministry.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“You see and that’s why I’ve been so insistent and trying to be very clear to the nation of Belize and whereas they seem to think that the Guatemalan claim is an idle issue and that we should do nothing, the Guatemalans are taking an opposite position. They are trying to instill into their people that Belize belongs to them. We have no power to stop them from so inculcating that view in their people. But if we were to go to the ICJ and get a definitive ruling that Guatemala does not belong to them then they would not be able to carry all that nonsense. But that is only one ploy on the part of those who don’t want to seek peace between us and Guatemala. And there are people who don’t want to see peace between us and Guatemala. There are people in Guatemala who want to ferment discord and create real problem for us. And the way for us to safeguard against that kind of thing is to reach a speedy resolution to this old problem. We’ve tried everything else and now we want to go to the ICJ. You will need to ask yourself why would a minister of government in Guatemala wanting to insist on teaching the children of Guatemala that Belize belongs to them. Because this is what they are doing.”


Jose Sanchez

“It seems they don’t want the claim to end.”


Wilfred Elrington

“They don’t want the claim to end. They certainly don’t want the claim to end. And as long as we have the claim hanging over our heads it is going to adversely affect our development.”

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6 Responses for “Elrington says it is nonsense to the maps that include Belize as part of Guatemala”

  1. Storm says:

    Wow, Sedi’s discourse was total gibberish.

    Unfortunately, I think Sedi — as our nation’s leading lawyer — did undermine our legal position with his recent PUBLIC proclamations that part of our position with the ICJ is weak. Any ICJ judge who saw that will have that concession in the back of his memory if and when we ever agree to let foreigners decide the future of our sovereignty.

    Not only are there people in Guatemala who want to “ferment discord and create real problems for us,” THERE ARE ALSO GUATEMALANS INSIDE THE JEWEL WHO WANT TO DO THE SAME! Thanks to the crooked practice of both parties of “naturalizing” Guats to vote here, we have thousands of enemy aliens living among us. But I would fight them all before surrendering to the Guats. If we lose our freedom to them, it will be gone forever.

    No to the ICJ, long live Belize sovereign and free!

  2. Big Ben says:

    The children in Guatemala will grow up always thinking that Belize belongs to them, so whether the ICj makes a ruling in our favor they will never drop their unfounded claim. Please follow the story with England n Argentina. My question today is, why do we keep allowing guatemalans settling in Belize and grabbing our land? Can you do that in Guatemala?

  3. Starbros Intel says:

    It’s clear enough that Guatemala will not do his share to resolve this border dispute. Too much talking and negotiating here. The same Guatemalans living here will fight against Belize people. Get the sense people. You were invaded a long time ago. Guatemala has infiltrated his people strategically. Thanks to corruption on both political parties, this country will be in chaos.

  4. Lucas says:

    Guatemala is fully aware they face an insurmontable wall of not one square centimeter Belizean policy. Their strategy then is: TIME. After the failure of the Ramphall/Riechlier negociation, General Rios Montt said: “Empires are not eternal and we have all the time”. Therefore, Guatemala strategy is to delay and delay and continually delay and the longer the problem remains the better chances they have of catching us with our pants down. They are also fully aware they stand little to zero chances of success at the ICJ. That is why the element of TIME is of paramont importance to them. Sr. Julio Bermejo Gonzalez, Dr. at law and an exmember of the Consejo de Belice, made and presented a seven part series exhaustive research on how successive Guatemalan Govt. have mishandled the Belize issue. In his presentation, Sr. Bermejo clearly and without a doubt points that Guatemala’s chances at the ICJ are very little if any. The research was published in el periodico LA HORA in the section OPINION subsection CARTAS DEL LECTOR and is titled BELICE. The seven part series was published on February 18, 19, 21, 25, 27, and March 4 of this year. It is very important that Belizeans get acquainted with Dr. Bermejo presentation and perhaps Channel 5 would take a look at it and reproduce for English speaking Belizeans to read. Guatemala does not want to go to the ICJ but it would be their international deplomatic funeral if they do so unilateral. Therefore to save face, they want Belize to withdraw. They tried our referendum law but did not work, now with the maps they want to piss the Belizean voter and induce us to vote NO. I need only one clarification from Wilfred: What are we taking to the ICJ. Land Border only? or Land Border, Insular and Maritime Areas? Please answer.

  5. Lucas says:

    I missed part seven of Dr. Bermejo’s research. It was published on March 5, 2013.

  6. bzd2dbone says:

    we try to be peaceful, but guatemala is taking the aggressive approach….

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