• Paco Smith | Chairman | BPP

Re: "O.A.S. Secretary General Visits Adjacency Zone at Western Border"


Re: O.A.S. Secretary General Visits Adjacency Zone at Western Border

Belizeans and true friends of Belize,

If, by chance, you were still under the illusion that the OAS was fulfilling a substantive purpose, one that is indicative of neutrality, insofar as the matter involving Guatemala’s persistence in its unfounded claim to Belize’s sovereign territory, I draw your attention to the facts characterizing this matter.

To see the true intent and ineffectiveness of the OAS, as it relates to our nation’s territorial integrity and security, or even the effort to ensure a fair-handed assessment of things, we need look no further than yesterday’s events.

A big hullabaloo was made over the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro’s visit to Belize. Instead of making an effort to be on the front-line, at what is the current focal point of Guatemala’s unprovoked aggression against Belize and what could very well prove the flash-point of this very tenuous matter, that is to have witnessed first-hand, how Guatemala persists in illegally entering Belize's sovereign waters, he was at the so-called “adjacency zone”, watching children dance and sing about peace. If that is not an indictment of just how farcical a role the OAS is playing in what truly is the Anglo-Guatemalan Dispute of Belize’s sovereign territory, I don’t know what is.

That is why I have serious concerns about those who both idly and blindly sit on the sidelines and sing that which is tantamount to “Kumbaya” and purposefully close their eyes to the realities that are at play. For the OAS Secretary General to come to Belize and not make an effort to see, for himself, the blatant and unprovoked aggression of the Guatemalan Armed Forces, carrying-out operations in what is undoubtedly sovereign Belizean territory does not come as a surprise to the principles of the Belize Progressive Party – BPP, for since the siginng of the once, much-vaunted Compromis, we have been consistent in highlighting to the people of this nation that the prescribed route, outlined in that document, which is being facilitated by a less-than-unbiased OAS, is (1) Not in the best interest of Belize and (2) Not the only route for Belize to take.

Fast forward eight years to the present and what do we now have? Our BORDER has effectively been reduced to that of a so-called “adjacency zone”. Guatemalan incursions into Belize, all along the BORDER have not ceased. Within certain respects, they have intensified, as the murder of Police Tourism Officer Danny Connorquie is a case in point. Our military personnel continue to be aggressed. The original plan to open the Forward Operating Base on Sarstoon Island was scrapped in favour of placing it at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, in large part, not to upset the Guatemalans. The Guatemalans have become emboldened to the extent that they have now, blatantly, claimed the entire Sarstoon River and make no bones about it and the list goes on…

All of these things are a manifestation of the FAILED bipartisan “4A Policy” of: ACCOMMODATION, ACQUIESCENCE, APPEASEMENT and ADHERENCE. So there you have it Belizeans and true friends of Belize, after the actions of no less than the OAS Secretary General of sitting on his ass at the “adjacency zone”, meanwhile the GAF continue in its harassment of Belizeans in the Sarstoon River and the PUDP act as though this is not a major concern, I ask the question…”What additional proof do you need, in order to determine that the OAS-sponsored route of taking the matter of Guatemala’s unfounded claim to our territory is part and parcel of a rigged arrangement, one that is obviously not in favour of Belize?”

Belizeans and true friends of Belize, as always, I implore you to conduct your due diligence and not listen to the treachery of the PUDP’s messengers, as they continue to try and manipulate you. Look at the facts. Take a long hard look at the example I provided and ask yourself the above-mentioned question. It is for this and myriad, other reasons why the BPP remains consistent in our stand of NO to the ICJ!

Wake up, because the whole-scale sell-out, which is being orchestrated by the OAS and facilitated by our elected and appointed representatives is being orchestrated right before your eyes and the major tragedy is that our people appear to be going into this madness, with self-imposed blinders on.

Stand up for Belize and support the only, active entities that have been right on this matter since day one.

Your Belize Progressive Party and the Belize Territorial Volunteers need your support in our efforts to stave off the intentional aggression and deception which are the hallmarks of the Guatemalans and their counterparts, on this side of the border.

8867 Today 8867 Tomorrow 8867 Forever

Belize, Sovereign and Free – NO ICJ!

#PacoSmith

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