Thursday, February 28, 2013

Guatemala on Alert

(L) Belize Foreign Minister- Hon Wilfred Elrington
The president of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina says his government will be on alert as a group known as Belize Territorial Volunteers head to the Belize border with Guatemala this weekend to clean the borderline. “We will be vigilant,” Molina told reporters during a visit outside of Guatemala City today. 

Wil Maheia and his group plan to go in with machetes to clear the border, but Belizean authorities are against it, saying it could spark an international incident with Guatemala and land Belizeans in jail in Guatemala. Guatemalan authorities, say the planned excursion this weekend is not being helpful of the referendum process.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Guatemala Calls On Belize To Restore Its Original Referendum Law

Photo credit: AP | President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina is makeup prior to an interview with The Associated Press at the Casa de America in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The president makes a state visit to Spain. (AP Photo / Paul White)


Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina says that Belize should restore its referendum law to what it was in 2008 if it wants to save the 6 October 2013 referendum to decide if its territorial claim against Belize should go before the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

Guatemala’s referendum laws provide for a simple majority to decide a plebiscite. This is in sharp contrast with the 60% minimum participation and 51% majority approval high bar that Belize now has in place. The law was changed by the Belize government in 2008 shortly after the United Democratic Party government took office.


Continue article here: http://belizean.com/guatemala-calls-on-belize-to-restore-its-original-referendum-law-1578/#ixzz2L0GxKB9w

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Belize-Guatemala Diplomatic Incident



Guatemala has provoked a diplomatic incident by using a map of Guatemala showing Belize as a part of their territory at an Organization of American States (OAS) Forum on Wednesday. At the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., Belize's Ambassador to the OAS Nestor Mendez objected strongly to the use of the map and indicated to the forum that Belize plans to file a formal protest before the OAS general assembly over the continued use of the erroneous map by Guatemala.

Belize has fired off a strongly worded diplomatic note to the OAS and circulated to member nations of the hemispheric body, protesting Guatemala's use of an erroneous map showing Belize as a part of Guatemala. 




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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Junior Minister Mark King Suspended From Cabinet-Belize

Prime Minister of #Belize Dean Barrow has issued an immediate suspension of junior Minister Mark King following an early morning incident at a Casino in the Corozal District. 

According to an official statement, King was suspended from his duties as a Minister of State for three months without pay. In the official government statement it was announced that Cabinet was briefed on the incident at the Princess Hotel and Casino in the Corozal Free Zone and that King’s behavior was “not consistent with his obligations as a Minister of State.” Cabinet was also informed that the police, based on their preliminary review of the facts, will be bringing charges of disorderly conduct and threatening words against Minister King.

And while the charges will be dealt with in court, the prime minster, as head of government, says that he is of the opinion that King’s involvement in the incident “constituted, at the very least, unbecoming conduct.” The official statement ends by saying that “the prime minister and cabinet also expect that Honorable King will issue a statement of apology to his constituency, colleagues and the country.”


HERE IS HIS APOLOGY:

Mark King... I am sorry.....!

My fellow Belizeans, by now you would have learnt through the media that I was involved in an incident while socializing at the Princess Hotel & Casino in Corozal, which resulted in a breach of the peace and the imposition of charges against me by the Police.

While I make no admission of wrong-doing and will take all necessary steps to be properly represented at the trial of those charges, I want you all to know that I am very sorry and deeply regret that this incident occurred.

I apologize to you, the Belizean people, members of my constituency and to all my Cabinet colleagues for this unfortunate incident.

End.

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Former Belmopan City Manager Appointed Commissioner Of Transport

Denton Belisle, former Belmopan City Administrator to Mayor Simeon Lopez, has been appointed Commissioner of Transport by Minister Rene Montero, Minister of Works and Transport. 

Belisle, a life time civil servant, once aspired to political office, when he vied in the Belize Rural North in 1998 against Maxwell Samuels, but lost by a close margin. Recently, he was attached to reconstruction development corporation (RECONDEV).