On March 18th at its forty-ninth ordinary session, the Organization of American States elected career Diplomat His Excellency Nestor Mendez as Assistant Director General to the organization. The OAS promotes peaceful relations in the Americas, including the countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. As mentioned the organization promotes peaceful relations by conflict prevention by contributing to the political stability, social inclusion and prosperity of the region. With that said, viewers may recall our report in which the OAS had issued a press release stating that the Belize Territorial Volunteers had planted trees in Guatemalan territory in one of their expeditions to the southern border. The group has openly accused the OAS of partiality to Guatemala. Sunday’s trip to the border was to verify once more if the OAS was right or wrong. The group, using GPS, showed that indeed they were in Belizean territory. The group had also invited OAS to send a representative to meet the group there but no one from that office showed up. The question now is that with a Belizean having been elected for the first time as Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, will the volunteers receive some sort of support? The media asked the leader of the Northern Territorial Volunteers Giovanni De La Fuente, a branch of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, for his views.
Giovanni De la Fuente – Leader, Northern Territorial Volunteers
“Only history will tell but he has already stated that his office will apparently will not be active in this issue since he seems to or he doesn’t want people to believe that he is bias, we are willing to give him all the opportunity that he needs and in the meanwhile we suggest that Belizeans be very aware of what is happening and be active ad looking after what is Belize and if the good gentleman of the OAS will eventually come around and openly support what is rightfully Belize then we welcome that as well.”
This is the first time that a Belizean has held a post in such a high regional body. His Excellency Nestor Mendez takes his post officially on July 12th.
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