By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Following an appeal by the Government of Costa Rica, Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is willing to consider the issue facilitating the passage of some 4000 Cuban immigrants through Belize to help them get to the United States.
Barrow said on Friday that he spoke with Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís, who made the request for assistance after Nicaragua closed its borders and refused to give the Cubans passage. Barrow explained that he requested that Solís prepare the request and relevant details in writing so he could present it to cabinet for consideration on Tuesday.
“If there is nothing to take to Cabinet then that will be the end of it because that is the last Cabinet meeting for the year,” Barrow said. “Even if they give us something to take to Cabinet, and even if Cabinet agrees to have some limited participation in this, and that’s a big if, I would see us only dealing with a limited number.”
Barrow added that Belize lacks the human resources to adequately handle that kind of campaign and noted that there were several details that need to be addressed before making a final decision.
The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica,Manuel Gonzalez, has already engaged the ministry of foreign affairs to indicate that the details would me sent; however, to date, those details have not been forth coming.