Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that the best case scenario is to see the country’s efforts and the support of friendly nations produce a resolution to this specific problem at the Sarstoon. Barrow spoke of the way forward and preparedness if another incident should occur.
“There must be a resort to diplomacy in order to settle this issue. We can’t settle it in consequence of any outbreak of war, that is unthinkable and we don’t want to go there. Of course this meeting was also about tasking both our military people and our diplomats to be quite clear and to reduce to writing the way forward for Belize in the event of whatever contingencies. But may I repeat every effort will be made is being made to try to come up with a diplomatic resolution to the tensions in the Sarstoon and such resolution can only come by way of an agreement over how we will proceed. Colonel Lovell spoke to the Americans and the Brits after the incident on Saturday, I had spoken to the US ambassador on Friday he was going up to Washington Sunday before the incident happened but in view of what we clearly saw as the step up in Guatemalan rhetoric and because I know there is the bilateral meeting under the auspices of the OAS to take place tomorrow I had spoken to Ambassador Moreno to impress upon his principals how critical it is that we get this matter sorted out.”