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PUP Condemns Government of Belize

The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release today condemning the UDP Government for its lack of co-management in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. (SARSTOON VO). The park should be managed by both the Government of Belize and the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM). The PUP is enraged after the incident in which SATIIM officials had to burn illegally gathered logwood due to the lack of resources to transport the logwood. According to the release, the wood was illegally harvested by Guatemalans in the Black Creek area of the Sarstoon Temash National Park and, if left there, the Guatemalans would have returned to take it back. The opposition party also says the wood could have been used to construct much needed bridges and schools in the communities around the park. While they don’t fault SATIIM for the incident, they do blame the Government for its absolute neglect of the national park and for its refusal to enter into a proper co-management agreement with SATIIM. The PUP ended the release by saying, quote, “This government has raped the country enough. The PUP calls on the Barrow administration in the short time it has left to provide SATIIM with the necessary resources so that it can do its job which is of benefit to the entire nation.” End quote.///////