Guatemala’s Offer to Help in Relief Efforts Still Untapped

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Updated: August 15, 2016

Several organizations have been offering a helping hand to Belize following Hurricane Earl.  In a press conference on August 4 hosted by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he had made mention of Guatemala offering assistance to Belize in its recovery efforts.  The media, in an interview last week spoke with Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington who gave an update on whether or not we had taken up Guatemala on their offer.

WILFRED ELRINGTON

“Well they had sent me a message saying that we were free to go across if there was any need for us given  the situation and two they would make their version of NEMO available to us in the event we wanted something. Thankfully we had no need to avail ourselves of any of their officers. We thank them politely but clearly it’s not an offer we need to have seeked. One can never say you will not reach out to neighbors for assistance because you will never know what is going to happen. You can never say never but it is not something that any of us look forward to especially given the state of affairs that exist between us. When the situation normalizes, when we finish with this status we can look forward to a much closer relationship with them but at this point in time we would prefer not to have to do that if we don’t have to.  One can never say you will not reach out to neighbors for assistance because you will never know what is going to happen. You can never say never but it is not something that any of us look forward to especially given the state of affairs that exist between us. When the situation normalizes, when we finish with this status we can look forward to a much closer relationship with them but at this point in time we would prefer not to have to do that if we don’t have to.”

As it relates to the damages caused by Hurricane Earl, assessments are still ongoing in the affected areas.