gobAn hour after GOB issued the release on the meeting in Istanbul, another release was issued…this time by Cabinet stating that a decision had been made to recede the Sarstoon Law. The decision comes five days before the law was scheduled to expire on May 29th.


In the release Cabinet states that the Government of Belize has asked the Governor General His Excellency Sir Colville Young to sign a Statutory Instrument revoking, with immediate effect, the Sarstoon Prohibition SI. The decision came as a consequence of the agreement reached in Turkey between Belize and Guatemala regarding the Sarstoon. That decision, according to Cabinet, commits both sides to start work now on a formal cooperation mechanism that will respect Belize's and Guatemala's respective use and navigation of the Sarstoon.


So far so good….. but what has us perplexed is the following statement and we quote “ While a mechanism is being worked on, the two sides have INFORMALLY accepted a situation in which there will be untrammeled traffic for Belize's military and civilians along the Sarstoon. That word informally does not make anyone easy since it means that there is still no final commitment. The fact that the first release issued by GOB does not mention anything about the free traversing of the Sarstoon also leaves more questions than answers.        

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