During today’s press conference Prime Minister Dean Barrow aside from revising GOB’s actions to alleviate tensions with Guatemala, also outlined steps that are being carried out in the diplomatic front to ensure support from Belize’s international counterparts as it relates to Guatemala’s claim over Belize’s territorial lands and waters.
Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize
“The commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland was also very forthright in reiterating her organization’s position that Guatemala must respect our 1859 borders, she will now convene a meeting on the Commonwealth Standing Committee on Belize so that they might step up their monitoring on the Belize/Guatemala situation, then on Friday in Free Port, Bahamas our foreign minister got support for us from CARICOM and from United Kingdom. Belizeans should note that these results so far make clear that our position our calls is understood and accepted by the international community in other words they know that our security personnel came under attack yet again this time under cover of darkness from Guatemalan civilians squarely in our territory, they know that these civilians were engaged in their continuing illegal activity which in the Chiquibul alone has cost this country tens of millions of dollars in plundered resources and environment degradation, they know that the BDF small in number strapped with resources and facing almost impossible odds continues to waged are your struggle to protect and preserve Belizean Patrimony.”
PM also added that the international community knows and accepts that Belize has the right in this matter.
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