Screen_Shot_2016-05-16_at_8.34.31_PMA news release published on Saturday by Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that it’s Foreign Minister Carlos Raúl Morales, as well as their Minister of Defense; Williams Mansilla conducted visits to the over 36 Guatemalan communities that lie near their side of the adjacency zone along with the Organization of American States in a mission aimed at smoothing over the dispute sparked by the killing of the 13-year-old Julio Alvarado last month.

According to the report the delegation was accompanied by Magdalena Talamás, the special representative of the OAS Secretary General for Belize – Guatemala issues; the director of the OAS Adjacency Zone Office, Sergio Benítez; and the presidents of the Commissions of Foreign Affairs and Petén Issues, Julio López Villatoro and Jaime Regalado, and the objective of the visit was to learn the situation of the residents and to evaluate the production projects coordinated by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the OAS with the help of the international community.

During the visit they held meetings at the OAS Adjacency Zone office where according to the news item, they evaluated the situation of those communities after the incident in which a minor lost his life at the hands of the Belize Defense Force in the Adjacency Zone.

According to the release, Foreign Minister Morales requested that the OAS undertake an assessment of the 36 communities to strengthen and expand the sustainable development projects that will allow the subsistence of the families and increase commercial exchange. 

The residents are said to have requested the strengthening of educational programs, the expansion of health services, potable water, infrastructure and electricity.

Today the OAS secretary General Luis Almagro issued a release where it states that the OAS has accepted to support Guatemala in the development of a strategy of open government, with the aim of creating a more transparent public administration, with better governance, more citizen participation and greater social inclusion

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