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PM Briceno Speaks on Belize’s Role in Migration in the Region

Discussions have been many when it comes to migration from the Northern Triangle comprising of El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. Smack in the middle of the triangle is Belize; but the country’s officials are not included in the US-led discussions which is what Belize is now seeking to change. According to Prime Minister John Briceno Belize has to be a part of the talks as the country is situated at a key point for in transit migrants.

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “We have made it aware certainly to the Americans and also to the Mexicans when I met with President Andres Lopez Obrador the president from Mexico we had a bilateral I said that whenever you’re talking about the northern triangle on migration they look at El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and they never think about Belize. But I’m telling them Belize should be included in these discussions because sooner than later a lot of these migrants will realize okay we can’t go through Guatemala but we can come through Belize. And if a few thousand migrants were to show up at our borders we don’t have the manpower to hold them off, we don’t have the facilities to be able to deal with them and so it is important for the Americans and Mexico to be able to keep that in mind and to include us in that discussion to ensure that should that ever happened that we be prepared to deal with this influx of migration into our country.”

Reporter: You mentioned that to the Americans, that was at the UN? 

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “No that was not at the UN that was at a different meeting but we have brought it to their attention.”

Reporter: And their response ?

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Well their response is they say well that they will certainly take a look at it. I will be probably meeting one of the officials one of the persons responsible for this area from the State Department next week Monday I think the person is going to be here and I do plan to also to bring it up.”

The Northern Triangle has been dubbed one of the poorest regions in the Western Hemisphere with rampant cases of violence, crime and political instability.