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US Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Moreno today also spoke about the audit report, although he was hesitant to comment on specific areas of the report, he assured the US’s willingness to assist in the investigation in any way possible.


CarlosAmbassador Carlos Moreno – US Ambassador to Belize


“I have not had an opportunity to read it, I just read about it I think it is in today’s newspapers and I am looking forward to reading it and ultimately if there are ways that the US government can assist in terms of investigation and so forth I think if we were asked to participate we will be happy to do so.”


Reporter


“Will that include cancelling VISAS for person whom have been involved; we understand that the Prime Minister has asked certain questions of the US Embassy in that regard?”

Ambassador Carlos Moreno – US Ambassador to Belize

“I can’t answer that hypothetical as to particular individuals but I don’t think I should more because these are matters that are confidential within the state department and confidential with respect to the VISA holders.”

As we had mentioned earlier, the audit report makes mention of 55,579 Belize passports being approved without adhering to the biometric requirements, something which Ambassador Moreno says is concerning for the US Government.

Reporter

“There is a section there that talks about over 55,000 applications for Belizeans passports were actually approved without any biometric checking, there was one case where we read that a human trafficker was also approved entry in the country, got Belizean nationality and a number of other cases of fraud, could you comment on that?”

Ambassador Carlos Moreno – Ambassador to Belize

“That is very concerning to the United States Government because as part of the US VISA process we rely and we expect that the documentation that is going to be presented to us is legitimate and if there is any fraud involved in obtaining those Belizean documents of course that is of very, very great concern to us because we certainly do not want people entry in the United States whose documents are false in the first instance.”

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