BARANCO RESIDENTS DEMANDING CONSULTATION LETTER

US Capital Energy Limited has applied to Government of Belize to operate in a new concession area after their old concession license expired in 2016. According to an Article in the June 8th edition of the Reporter, the application has several layers, including holding consultations with the communities in the surrounding Sarstoon Temash National Park. The Reporter confirmed that letters have already been sent from the Attorney General Ministry to several Maya Communities for consultation, except for the village of Barranco. Today The Nationanal Garifuna Council wrote to the office of the Attorney General on behalf of the Barranco Community inquiring why a letter has not been received as yet. The council stated in the letter, quote “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,” end quote.  The Council further 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.

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