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Foreign Minister insists on cautious approach to Guatemala

Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington

Posted: Saturday, October 4, 2014. 10:50 am CST.

Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington

Saturday, October 4, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: One week and some days after seeming to suggest that there was no evidence pointing to the killers of Special Constable Danny Conorquie being conclusively Guatemalan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington has not backed down.

He told reporters on Friday  that one week after the 20-year-old’s death, there is still no concrete evidence as to who shot the youth as he stood guard in the Caracol Archaeological Site, and to say otherwise would injure the diplomatic relationship between two countries with already frosty relations.

Elrington said he would not say anything that would threaten or jeopardize that relationship, and would continue to be cautious in his actions with regard to this developing situation.

Minister Elrington also pointed out in response to consistent criticism that he has been “too soft” on Guatemala that, at least at the Government level, they have been more approachable in settling the unfounded claim at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), even if certain elements in both countries disagree.

Previously, as far back as 1949, Guatemala resisted efforts by Great Britain to have the dispute settled at this forum.

And as further evidence of the warming relationship between the two countries at Government level, Elrington says some 15 agreements are to be signed between them by the end of the year.

Most importantly, there has been no official threat of violence such as frequently happened in the 1970’s as Belize moved toward independence.

That seems to suggest that whoever is behind the incursions into Belizean territory is not politically supported, or at least we hope that is not the case.

 

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