Southern Border Indigenous Communities Meet to Discuss Peace

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Updated: June 11, 2015

Maya Q’eqchi leaders of Belize were in Peten, Guatemala for a 3-day trip to meet with their neighbors in southern Peten to discuss ideas and talk on efforts to unite on issues surrounding the environment, social and economic problems, particularly in the border area with Belize and Guatemala.  The three day visit began in Poptun, Peten on June 5 with a Mayan ceremony that concluded the following day on June 6.  Southern Communiites meet 2The ceremony fell in line with the Mayan spiritual beliefs, as they spoke to their Creator asking for inspiration for the Mayan leaders.  During this visit and collaboration, a draft declaration with requests and recommendations geared at improving the lives of those living in the border areas which will subsequently lower the level of incursions that are affecting the Chiquibul Maya Mountains.  As we mentioned, the document is a draft and will undergo further reviews.  Love News understands that the contents of the documents were drafted according to the territory, natural resources and ancestral knowledge of the Mayas.  Once the draft is considered satisfactory, it will be presented to the Governments of Belize and Guatemala.  With several indigenous communities along the border area in southern Belize, the document was deemed necessary in order to see how the Guatemalan and Belizean villagers can live in harmony with each other.