Guatemala President on “alert” regarding proposed border clearing

The “Clearing Our Borderline” saga continues. By now you probably know that there is a group of Belizeans called the “Belize Territorial Volunteers” who have committed to demarcate the borderline where Belize and Guatemala meet. This Saturday, the group, along with a number of other NGO’s, intend to take machetes to the area and clear the border. The Guatemalan Government got vlcsnap-2013-02-28-20h23m27s73wind of this and in a Costa Rican news article released today, the President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, affirms that the country is on “alert” regarding the group’s proposed actions. The article also cites The Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera as saying that the Belize Territorial Volunteers “Does not contribute to solving the path of dialogue for the territorial dispute” and that their initiative “would undermine the efforts being made to Belize for the (territorial dispute) referendum.” Meanwhile, in a press release received this evening, The Belize Territorial Volunteers maintains that Saturday’s affairs will be a peaceful act. The group states – “Our border familiarization exercise and clearing, scheduled for 2nd March 2013 is a peaceful exercise in civic pride and, by extension, participatory democracy.” The release ends by saying – “Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a peaceful, educational and successful outing, on the weekend.”

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