As mentioned, the Government of Belize has requested the support of the Organization of American States in conducting a verification exercise to ascertain the facts surrounding the shooting incident that claimed the life of 13 year old Julio Alvarado.

Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro was asked during a press briefing, which we will tell you about in a few,  to provide input on the shooting incident. Almagro expressed that while the OAS is deeply concerned about this incident, they cannot intervene on the issue until they are asked to do so by both countries.

Screen_Shot_2016-04-21_at_8.34.08_PMLuis Almagro- Secretary General- OAS

“We cannot go voluntarily and spontaneously and assume the problem, these request, both countries have said that they have asked us for our verification but we have not received any formal request about that yet, in any case we have said yesterday in our improvised press conference that we have deep concern about incidents or accidents like this, I don’t think they help in any way I think from what we saw yesterday how the project goes on taking care of kids from 7 years old to 68 years old we have the feeling that we need more measures and more projects like the one we implemented at the zone adjacency I order to keep these kids away from these kinds of problems.”

According to Almagro both countries need to work together on projects such as the Culture of Peace at the adjacency zone which was launched in 2009 and has bought over 2,000 kids from both Belize and Guatemala to participate in different workshops that promote the universal values of friendship and tolerance.

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