Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Just about everyone involved in the apparatuses of Foreign Affairs and National Security has weighed in in recent days concerning the remarks of Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales concerning their rationale for initially rejecting plans to build a forward operating base at the Sarstoon River.
On Sunday it was Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s turn and he began by acknowledging that the statement was made in error.
But what was apparently more important to him was that Guatemala had acquiesced to the construction.
The priority remains having presence in the area to tackle illegal activities.
The Prime Minister expects that one more major hurdle must be cleared before construction can begin – a setting up of the cooperation between the two countries on patrols.
And regarding activity in the area generally, the P.M. says nobody can tell Belize what to do, not even Guatemala.
It appears this puts the matter to rest for now.
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