By Benjamin Flowers
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this week, announced that he will appoint a new Cabinet sub-committee to look specifically after matters pertaining to the Guatemalan territorial dispute.
Barrow made the announcement on Monday at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, while introducing the new members of Cabinet and the United Democratic Party (UDP) Senators.
“This continues to be a huge issue and assumes new dimensions in view of the change in Guatemala,” Barrow said.
Since this will be a sub-committee of Cabinet, rather than a standing committee of the House of Representatives, no representative of the opposition will sit on the Committee.
The members who form the committee will be announced some time after the inaugural meeting of the House of Representatives on Friday, November 13th.
The changes Barrow referred to involves the newly President-elect of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, who, following his election in October, promised his people that he would be the president to deliver Belize to the people of Guatemala.
Barrow maintains that Belize will remain sovereign with its full territory intact, and has since engaged the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) to have British soldiers resume training in Belize.
He also said that he has, through diplomatic channels, already spoken with President Morales, and that his message through Belize’s ambassador to Guatemala was “professional.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, has maintained that Belize’s only hope of resolving the territorial dispute is to take it to the International Court of Justice (ICJ); a view which the opposition People’s United Party stated that they cannot support at this time.