BTV and COLA ready to take their fight to Belmopan

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) held a joint press conference with Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) this week, demanding a change in the Government’s foreign policy with relation to Guatemala.
BTV leader Will Maheia, along with stalwart Orlando de la Fuente and COLA president Geovanni Brackett listed four demands on Monday at theie meeting at the Radisson Fort George Hotel.

Those demands include: the immediate removal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington from his portfolio; the removal of road and power lines which extend into Belize from Guatemala; and a moratorium on issuing Belizean citizenship to Guatemalans. They have also called for the construction of a Coast Guard forward operating base on the island in the Sarstoon River.
“We will have to take this to Belmopan and we are calling on the Belizean people to stand up for Belize”, Maheia said.

“We’ve gone through all our monuments, we’ve gone to Sarstoon and now we are going to Belmopan.”
The BTV and COLA have been allies on issues related to Guatemala, including the position of saying ‘No’ to taking the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and calling for the removal of Wilfred Elrington as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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