The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), the umbrella organization for all unions held a weekend meeting of its general council and has pronounced itself on the latest developments in Belize - Guatemala relations. Like other entities, it first expresses condolences to the family of the minor that died at the Chiquibul but says that at the same time, we must not turn a blind eye to the circumstances that led to the death.


NTUCB puts forth that Guatemala’s behavior exposes its real intentions to use military might to legitimize the escalating illegal activity of its citizens and to stake claim of the Sarstoon. Importantly, the Congress says it will use its own resources to internationalize what is happening, that is, Guatemala trying to spread a twisted narrative that Belize is the bully and Guatemala the victim.


Today NTUCB President, Marvin Mora explained how they intend to do just that:


Screen_Shot_2016-04-26_at_8.31.29_PMMarvin Mora – NTUCB President


“Let not forget one that we are indeed the maximum representation of all the employees of our country by virtue of that we are the voice of all the workers in the country both nationally and internationally, internationally we are affiliated to the Caribbean Congress of Labor where we will also resonate this call for our counter parts and our colleagues and our affiliates out there in the international arena to go to their governments and start to lobby for them to look into this situation at the CARICOM level and from there we taking it to the other international bodies that are global as well so we will start that process of making this whole issue to go to the international arena by pushing forward our views, our concerns to our affiliated in the Caribbean first and then making sure that it goes to the global arena as well.”


Mora also believes that there is more that the Government of Belize can do to counteract the negative effects of Guatemala’s media use to paint a negative picture of Belize.


Marvin Mora – NTUCB President


“If you take time and go to the social media for example, and you try to find out about this situation you will get what Guatemala views on twenty searches however you don’t see anything from Belize that would put a spin on that and say our side of the situation, one of the things that has to be highlighted by ourselves is the fact that if you want to see much more support for our country our leaders need to be assertive of their position they cannot be pretending not to know or not sure whether they are doing the right thing in the eyes of the general public, in the eyes of the media, in the eyes of the international community they have to be assertive of their position if we believe that Guatemala is the aggressor we need to say that whether it be the army or their civilians for example facing point we have the situation that just occurred where a minor was shot but the things that has to be highlighted on that particular incident have not yet reached the international community it was dark if it was on our side of the border how deep were they within our side of the border, what happened, where the incident took place, was it possible that they identify that they were shooting at children these are the things that have not been highlighted in the social media or in the other areas in the international community so Belize is back peddling right now in the situation instead of being the one that is out there defending it.”


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“The General said that they can’t disclose all the details of the incident and said that it is under investigation.”


Marvin Mora – NTUCB President


“If the matter is under investigation then the Prime Minister should demand from the OAS that they retract their statement because it is re-dating the incident without actually finishing or concluding any investigation.”


The NTUCB calls on the Government of Belize to promote the education of the history and the legal aspects of Guatemala’s unfounded claim. It also calls on the Belizean population to seek to educate themselves.

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