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Apr 16, 2013

No offensive images at O.A.S. General Assembly in Guatemala

Albert Ramdin

At the last O.A.S. General Assembly in Bolivia and at a meeting in February in Washington, Guatemala presented a video that annexed Belize to Guatemala. Belize Ambassador to the O.A.S. Nestor Mendez protested the video for the offensive image. The next General Assembly is to be held in Antigua, Guatemala on June sixth and the man in charge of the operations is Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the O.A.S. Ramdin left Belize this morning after wrapping up his two-day visit to the country. The media asked Ramdin whether or not Guatemala will be given free rein as the host country. Belize says it will attend the meeting, however, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has said that if any of the offensive images are shown, the Belize delegation will stage a walk out. Ramdin says that all documents and videos will be vetted and that the previous incidents were regrettable.


Albert Ramdin, Assistant OAS Secretary General

“Your Ambassador to the O.A.S., Ambassador Nestor Mendez, was alert and responded immediately. So the matter was brought immediately to the attention of the organization. I very much regret that the video which was presented was the video which was presented during the General Assembly in the previous year which included the map which was not in accordance with your own preference. We are trying to put everything in place to avoid any documents that are going to be presented to the general assembly or to any other meeting in the context of general assembly to be screened before properly so that we avoid something happening again. And I think that commitment is given to the foreign ministry and member states are informed about this in terms of how we need to proceed with whatever is being submitted. As I call them, all documents and there is a rule on this and we will apply that rule; that whatever is presented to the general assembly in terms of to be presented as a document or a video or on a screen, needs to be submitted seventy-two hours before so that we can see the content of it before. And we apply that rule very strictly to avoid things from happening which are not helpful in any process.”


Jose Sanchez

“Would that also apply to the facility itself because I’ve seen instances of international sporting events in Guatemala where the actual facility itself is adorned with this offensive image of Belize annexed to Guatemala; maybe not in the documents, but the facility?


Albert Ramdin

“We will, I have pending visit to Guatemala and these are issues that I will bring under the attention of the authorities involved in preparation for the general assembly. Again, the general assembly is a meeting of the Organization of American States in which we want all member states to participate without any kind of reservation or fear that things will happen which will not be helpful to their own presence there. If for whatever reason things would not go as we hope it would go, then member states can make their own decision in terms of how they want to respond. And the practicality of the matter is that these issues are discussed among member states and whatever decision or action to be taken will be on the basis of that principle.”

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3 Responses for “No offensive images at O.A.S. General Assembly in Guatemala”

  1. ceo says:

    Is Nestor the only one who is not afraid to stage a protest? How the heck can Sedi get on TV and say Mehia will get in trouble to be on Belizean but say nothing about the fact the Guatemala is on Belizean soil and act as though Wil is the one doing something wrong! Wil is just showing the rest of us what is really happening down south at the border.

  2. Storm says:

    @ceo has a good point – how does GOB justify saying that BELIZEANS will get in trouble with A FOREIGN NATION for what they do on BELIZEAN SOIL, and GOB will support the foreigners????

    If I were king, I’d hang the man for treason, and let the birds pick his bones.

  3. NO TOICJ says:

    Ramdin sounds sounds really serious. He seems to understand that the OAS’ integrity has been compromised by Guatemala’s repeated unchecked offenses.

    Sedi is obviously scared of Guatemala and he wants all of us to be. He has to go, before he does more damage… DISGRACEFUL. Lets stop broadcasting his lunacy.

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