In April the People’s United Party called on the Government of Belize to regularize its position in the Sarstoon by the re-establishment and enforcement of Belizean sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the past the Sarstoon River has seen confrontations between Guatemalan Armed Forces and Belizean citizens. On Tuesday, PUP Leader John Briceno called on the government once again to establish the Sarstoon Framework.
John Briceno, Opposition Leader: “As it relates to our dispute with Guatemala let me express my disappointment over the fact that there is still no agreement on a protocol or a mechanism to govern movements along the Sarstoon River. Guatemalan authorities are in violation of our territorial integrity and of our laws when they continue to stop our people from freely traversing our portion of the river. We believe these actions are not in the spirit of building confidence, we call on the government to keep insisting that Guatemala agree to a modus vivendi as it relates to the Sarstoon.”