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Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021. 7:09 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Opposition United Democratic Party has called out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for apparently ignoring its request to intervene on behalf of the Belize National Football Team which is presently playing World Cup qualifiers on the island of Hispaniola.

Mesopotamia area representative Shyne Barrow wrote Foreign Minister Senator Eamon Courtenay following news of the team suffering an armed holdup on arrival in Port-au-Prince on Monday, a party press statement said. He asked that the minister contact his counterpart in Port-au-Prince to ensure adequate security is provided for our players until they depart that country.

The UDP missive was not responded to, and neither has Courtenay given any indication of any efforts undertaken by him or his ministry in this regard.

The Opposition thus expresses its disappointment in the lack of interest and the negligence displayed by Minister Courtenay in allegedly failing to utilize the diplomatic channels at his disposal and that of his ministry to look out for the safety and wellbeing of our Belizean footballers, adding, “The UDP views this as a dereliction of duty and disregard for the wellbeing of Belizeans, in this instance athletes who are ambassadors proudly representing our country abroad. The UDP once again calls on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his government to do everything possible to ensure the utmost safety of our footballers, as is the Government’s responsibility to every citizen of our country wherever they travel or reside.”

The Jaguars lost 2-0 to Haiti and will next travel to the Dominican Republic for a “home” match against the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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