Sorrow Over Death In Border Area Of Guatemala And Belize

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Sat. July 21, 2012: OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, has expressed regret over the death of a Guatemalan tenant farmer on the border of Guatemala and Belize.

“The death of a person in a shootout is always reprehensible and I hope that the circumstances in which this occurred are cleared up promptly,” said Insulza.

Since July 19th, when he received the first news of the incident, Secretary General Insulza said he has been in contact with the foreign ministers of both countries and their ambassadors accredited to the OAS, to gather more information about what happened and ask for a broad investigation to the satisfaction of both governments.

In these discussions, the Secretary-General received the commitment of Belize to conduct a diligent and immediate investigation into the incident, to which they will provide access to the government of Guatemala, an OAS statement said.

The Secretary General also reported that he will participate in high-level meetings with the two governments in the coming days to discuss this incident, as well as other aspects of bilateral relations in the border area.