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“Avoid going to Guatemala if possible,” says Foreign Minister

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017. 5:01 pm CST.

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017. 5:01 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, is calling on all Belizeans to limit their interaction with Guatemala in light of the looming social crisis that the country is facing.

International media has pointed out that social tensions have been running high in Guatemala since their president Jimmy Morales came under investigation for corruption charges. Elrington called on Belizeans, both security forces and civilians, to do all in their power to avoid any kind of confrontation in Guatemala. 

Elrington cautioned against getting drunk, getting involved in any type of confrontation, or committing any illegal acts for which one could be arrested when visiting Guatemala. He went as far as to suggest that Belizeans not go to Guatemala unless it is “absolutely” necessary.

“When you have this kind of internal problems, the administration normally finds some diversion to take the heat off of them and Belize has been a favorite target over the years,” Elrington said.

He added that Cabinet will discuss the issue tomorrow and decide if there are any other appropriate actions that need to be taken. In 2016, to address any potential conflict with Guatemalan forces, the government of Belize instituted a ban on traveling to the island at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, known today as “Sarstoon Island.”

It remains to be seen what GOB will do about the island in the wake of the pending crisis, and how issues within the Adjacency Zone will be addressed at this time.


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