• Paco Smith | Chairman | BPP

Frightening armed invasion by Guatemala in Belizean Territory

Belizeans and true friends of Belize,

What has transpired is untenable and inexcusable! It has occurred with the full compliance of the powers that be. In that regard I give mention to both the sitting UDP administration, as well as successive governments including the PUP, since 2008.

This is my position due to the fact that, since the bi-partisan support for the signing of the once, much vaunted 'Compromis' during that year, our nation's territorial integrity has consistently eroded.

Now we find ourselves, where Belizeans are unable to traverse the Sarstoon River, let alone reach our very own Sarstoon Island. I call shame on our elected officials of either hue, who have complied with the demands of the Guatemalan Government. What we are witnessing is the manifestation of the piss-poor PUDP "4A Policy" of: APPEASEMENT, ACQUIESCENCE, ACCOMMODATION and ADHERENCE!

The operative question is, "What shall our people do about it?" Belizeans must not only demonstrate our disgust, via action, but it is imperative to that we also hold ALL elected officials who, through their own willful negligence, have allowed this travesty to occur. The immediate principles that come to mind include: the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of National Security and all subordinate Ministers of State who have acted in consort with these individuals (spanning both the UDP and PUP), for in my mind they are all culpable. In keeping with the reality of collective responsibility, the PM's ENTIRE CABINET should also be held accountable, as well.

On the economic front, Belizeans should BOYCOTT ALL GUATEMALAN PRODUCTS and cease and desist from spending our hard-earned money in Melchur de Mencos, Guatemala. It is time we take a serious stand.

I call on civil society and the unions to do their part in such efforts, for today it is not only Sarstoon Island, but also access to our very own Sarstoon River! Tomorrow, it may be an outlying border area near you!

The bottom line is that our nation has been betrayed by listless, impotent political panderers and unless the people stand-up, Guatemala's aggression shall continue to be facilitated.

As a proud people of the sovereign nation-state of Belize, we cannot allow this to persist.

I invite one and all to visit the Belize Progressive Party's website -www.belizeprogressiveparty.org - and join the fight to regain complete sovereignty over the full 8,867 square miles of Belizean territory!

In the spirit of solidarity and maintaining our sovereign Belizean territory, I say unabashedly, "8867 Today, 8867 Tomorrow, 8867 Forever".

The time time to save our country is NOW, for it is clear that we are in the midst of losing it!


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