Minister Elrington quiet on Guatemalan proposals

Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was not in much of a mood to talk when he returned from Washington today. His immediate counterpart was a no-show at the OAS headquarters due to a family emergency and much of the gathering was with OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza to discuss what to do next. A set of proposals from Guatemala on the next plans has been issued, but at the International Airport Elrington deferred giving details.

Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Basically, the proposals which the Secretary General of the OAS has put to us raised by the Guatemalans, in relation to the Referendum.

Minister Elrington clarified that both countries were actually invited by the OAS to attend and it was not as much of an emergency as it appeared during the interview we aired on Friday.

Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs:
vlcsnap-2013-03-20-20h53m36s249Absolutely not.  I think that people misunderstood what happened.  I was not invited to Washington by the Guatemalans.  I was invited to go to Washington to see the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, and that meeting was arranged because the Guatemalans wanted to put certain proposals to us.  And we indicated to them, when they came here for me, that the right way to do it is to put it through Mr Insulza.  So they did go and requested of Mr Insulza that he establish a meeting with us.  So really and truely, we did not go there to see the Guatemalans, as much as we went there to meet with Mr Insulza, with whom we met, a very good meeting.

A Cabinet decision comes by next Tuesday, but until then Mr Elrington is not much worried about Guatemala’s behaviour, but our own.

Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs:
I’m not so much concerned about their deportment and their behaviour, as I am concerned about our behaviour. We must try at all times to be circumspect in our behaviour, certainly those of us at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintain that posture, to the extent that there is a view that the Guatemalans are not as circumspect.  I don’t really want to comment on that.
The Prime Minister is already [aware] of the information because we communicated back to him before.  And so I am pretty certain that he will give the green light for us to make a communication with the public as to what in fact is the present state of things.

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