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Apr 9, 2014

Update on the consultation called by U.S. Capital Energy in the south

Greg Ch’oc

As we reported on Tuesday, attempts by U.S. Capital Energy to convene a meeting with indigenous leaders in the south, in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Maya community against G.O.B. and the oil company, was not received well over the weekend.  Attorney Michael Peyrefitte, on behalf of U.S. Capital, attempted to explain and interpret the ruling.  That request raised the ire of SATIIM’s executive director, Greg Ch’oc, who issued a statement criticizing Peyrefitte’s action. As it turns out, no one, we are told, attended the session.  Today News Five spoke with Ch’oc, who told us the move on the part of Peyrefitte was unethical.


Via Phone: Greg Ch’oc, Executive Director, SATIIM

“We became aware that US Capital Energy agents were contacting the leadership of the communities around the Sarstoon Temash National Park inviting them to a meeting. Some of the leaders called us to inform us about it and it was until Monday that we got a copy of the letter that we confirmed that in fact US Capital was acting the community leaders to come in to Punta Gorda on Wednesday.  The leaders that contacted us on Monday and Sunday voiced their disgust at the continued attempt by US Capital Energy to lure them into meeting and pressuring them to make decisions that have been publicly known. They have asked us whether the invitation by US Capital Energy, where it established that Mister Michael Peyrefitte, the attorney for US Capital would have explained…in the letter it said was to explain and interpret the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court Judge, Madam Justice Michele Arana. Whether in fat the invitation by Mister Peyrefitte, obviously they put one and one together that he ought to have known that this letter written; whether that invitation was even ethical for him to have come down behind the back of the claimants’ lawyers to have this discussion with the community leaders. I was not able to respond to them on that and I think perhaps Mister Peyrefitte could very well is the best person to answer to that; I don’t know. But as far as I know, all the community leaders did not attend the meeting. They made it clear to SATIIM that they were not going to attend and we confirmed that none attended the meeting.”


U.S. Capital has not responded to the statement.

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4 Responses for “Update on the consultation called by U.S. Capital Energy in the south”

  1. poyanam says:

    Same on the part of Mr. Speaker. The law is the law and no one is above it. Can;t he understand that the government MUST respect the rights of the indigenous groups of this country? Mr. Speaker, its not about the cut of the pie, its about dialogue and consultation. Protocols are there to follow. Lead and guide US Captial Energy on that path.

  2. Rod says:

    You need to stop this foolishness and start concerning yourself with the Guatemalan. Maya’s who are destroying our forest stealing our gold cleaning out all the natural resources in this country how come I don’t hear you taking all these people to court why are you not pushing the belizean maya population to mobilize against these encroachments into Belize instead you want to mess with the very people who has done a lot for Belize and the belizean people including the maya . I do believe Michael p when he said your ultimate goal is to collect money well shame on you choc and all my Mayan people go fight the right battles like the Guatemalans don’t be lead by choc he is only after money and is leading you wrong .

  3. Belizean says:

    This time ROD I am on your side. Whatever happened to mineral rights? No one has rights to the minerals except the state. They are state owned!

    I also believe that the majority of the Maya are not on Mr Chocs’ side. This is clear sign of trying to use the name of the Maya for self gain, am I not right?

  4. Carlos says:

    Its sad that Greg think he can keep fooling the people … you might have the rest of the country believing your crap but the people or Toledo know the truth.

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