Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014. 3:42 pm CST.
Thursday, October 2, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: Representatives of the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde’s Association met late last month with Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his Belmopan office.
During the meeting, discussion focussed on issues affecting the Maya people of the south and in particular the subject of drilling for oil in the Sastoon Temash National Park.
According to a statement put out by the Maya Leaders Alliance, the Alcaldes mentioned to the Prime Minister that they are in the process of formulating a proposal on a framework for consent agreements on oil exploration as well as the extraction of other materials from traditional Maya lands.
The joint statement issued after the meeting with the Prime Minister by the groups from the south, said that the proactive initiative by the Maya people manifests their commitment to constructive exploration based on respect and good faith engagements involving the people, government and extracting companies.
The Maya leaders say they were encouraged by the new commitment from the Prime Minister and applaud the opportunity for respectful dialogue that took place, designed to reach an amicable solution to differences.
The Maya Leaders Alliance has committed to continue working with the government to ensure that the Maya people are fully engages in every decision made which affects them in one way or the other as it relates to the natural resources.
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