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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  3:30 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The National Garifuna Council (NGC) has written to the Office of the Attorney General (AG) about a letter being circulated by the AG’s ministry calling on communities buffering the Sarstoon Temash National Park ( STNP )to a consultation with the oil company US Capital.

President of the NGC’s Barranco Branch, Beatrice Mariano, wrote to the ministry inquiring why Barranco hasn’t received the letter, but the villages of Midway, Conejo, Sundaywood and Crique Sarco have all received theirs.

“Barranco, besides being a Buffer community of the STNP, is an Indigenous Garifuna community and as such is entitled to whatever correspondence is being issued with regard to this situation,” the NGC said.

The council also reminded the ministry that failure to inform the Garinagu as an indigenous people violates clauses 1, 3, 4 and 6 of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between GOB and the NGC in July of 1999.

Consultation with the indigenous communities in the area forms a part of the process for US Capital’s new application for an oil exploration concession area in southern Belize. Thus far, only Maya villages have received their letters with respect to the consultation.

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