Anglo-Guatemalan talks: Historic...

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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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    Anglo-Guatemalan talks: Historic statement by Premier George Price to the House of Representatives, Belize City, 17th June, 1966
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EULIZE GTY P. 0. Box 324.
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A statement on the most recent round the
Guatemalan claim by the Premier is to be made in the Assembly
on Friday, June 17th.
This was announced shortly after Mr. Price returned
home from the talks.
Mr. Price headed the Belizean delegation at talks held
in London and New York earlier this month.
While in London, he met the Governor designate Sir John
At the Ministry of Overseas Development he held dis-
cussions with officials on C.D. & W. economic projects and the New
Capital project.
Mr. Price was guest of honour at a luncheon given by
the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miss Eirene White at her official
Another of his important engagements was dinner given
by Mr. John Stonehouse, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State charged
with responsibility for Dependent Territories. The dinner was held
at Lancaster House. Other members of the Belizean attended both

The Hon. A.A. Hunter, Minister of Natural Resources,
loft Belize on Tuesday to attend the 16th annual Convention of the
Chamber of Commerce of the Americas.
On Thursday he appeared before the Convention to
deliver a feature address on Tourism and Development Incentives in
The theme of this years convention which was held in
Montego Bay Jamaica, was "the private sector's role in the economic
and social Aevelopment of the Americas".


Cjo 1lL 3

His Excellency Sir Peter Stallard has been appointed
Governor of the Isle of Man.
Sir Peter returned to Belize on Monday after taking part
in London talks on the Guatemalan claim.
His Excellency is to take up his new appointment on
September 7th this year.

The Ministry of Labour has been discussing with employers
in the Citrus and Sugar Industries the shortages of unskilled labour.
Discussions have been held with the Cane Farmers'
Association and the Citrus companies in the Stann Creek Valley.
The Citrus producers have reported that while they were
able to harvest their crops this year, the production period had to
be extended as there have not been enough harvesters to keep the fac-
tories fully supplied.

When The Opportunity Arises
The labour shortage is expected to be very acute during
the forthcoming season and the greatly increased acerage due to come
into production in the next two or three years will further aggravate
the problem.
These findings last week prompted the Minister of Labour
to issue an appeal to the unemployed to consider seriously the role
they can play in the development of these industries. He urged the
unemployed to be more mobile and to avail themselves of opportunities
for employment in agriculture whenever the opportunity arises.'


Miss A.S. Bettenson, former Deputy Chief Factory
Inspector for Her Majestyts Factory Inspectorate is here on a four
week visit.
While in Belize she will have a look at our Factory
legislation. She will have a look at a few factory-type operations.
Labour Inspectors are also to be given refresher training on factory
Since her arrival on June 2nd. the visiting British
official has had a meeting with the Minister of Labour and his top
Factory inspection in Belize is concerned mainly with
safety regulations.



The staff of the Labour Department have welcomed. Miss
Bettenson's mission.
The visit was arranged through the Ministry of Labour
ahd the United Kingdom Ministry of Overseas Development, London.


Twenty-one thousand tons of sugar,worth approximately
$4,000,000 has been exported toBritainsince the 1966 grinding season
began on January 19th.

The sugar was sold at premium prices under the nego-
tiated price quota agreement.

Production figures released by the Sugar Board Secretary
reveal that this year's performance thus far is better by 7,122 tons
than for the corresponding period last year.

A record 255,656 tons of cane has been delivered.

This means that over $2,360,000 has been paid this year
to sugar cane producers.

Meanwhile members of the Sugar Board have held meetings
in farming areas of the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts in which
they have been stressing the danger of overproduction.


Mr. Luis Lui of Stann Creek Town has donated a four
year scholarship to enable a deserving student of that municipality
to attend a secondary school of his choice.
The award covers the cost of tuition plus a grant of
$35.00 towards the cost of text books.

The scholarship, to a school in Stann Creek Town, will
be awarded on the basis of government scholarship examination being
held this month, .-

The Minister of Education has expressed her personal
satisfaction over the public spirited gesture by Mr. Lui.


Mr. Fred Gill has been reelected President of the Credit
Union League.
Assuming office for his second consecutive term Mr. Gill
undertook last week to pursue vigorously the aims and objectives of the

The 1966-1967 term, he said, should be a year of growth.


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The Credit Union movement teaches the democratic way of
life the proper use of money, self-discipline and above all, Christain
Charity, he went on. These are the qualities required for good citizen-


A set of overprints, commemorating the dedication of the
new capital site, is to go on sale in post offices throughout the
country on July 1st.

A release from the Ministry of Public Utilities on
Monday said the special issue involves the definitive series in the 1
cents, 3 cents, 4 cents, 10 cents, anf 25 cents denominations.

These denominations in the current definitive series will
be discontinued during the period of sale of the commemorative issue.

The sale will last until the end of September this year
unless stocks are exhausted before that date.


Mr. Faustino Zuniga, a former member of the legislature
has been invested with the insignia of the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire by Sir Peter Stallard.

A farewell visit to Punta Gorda by the Governor provided
the occasion for the presentation.

Sir Peter said he had enjoyed his stay in Belize and he
invited the English and American volunteers serving in the Toledo dis-
triot to encourage their friends to come over and join them.

While in the district the Governor visited several schools
and said farewell to well-wishers.


The drive to improve the.safety of motorists and
pedestrians in San Ignacio was carried a step further last week.

With the enthusiastic cooperation of the Town Board,
Inspector Winston Carcamo of the Police Traffic Branch, assisted
by members of his staff, began erecting traffic signs and designating
some streets major roads or one way streets.

The cost of the signs was met by the Town Board.


Red Cross appeals week was opened on Sunday in a Radio
Broadcast by the Governor.


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"It is a good causes said Sir Peter, a noblephilanthropic
cause and I promise you that every cent of the money will go tb good

He urged citizens to give generously in order to enable
.the local red cross branch tb flourish.

Anglican and Roman Catholic Churces in Belize City: held
their annual processions in honour of Corpus Christi.

In the Parish of All Saints in Cinderella Town some five
hundred Anglicans joined in a procession led by Father Wells, Father
Basten and Father Ley.

The Anglican Youth Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, and
Cubs turned out.
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The Stann Creek District, United Women's Housing Group
havc secured a loan of $5,000 from Mr. H.T.A. Bowman.

Each of the twenty five members will be able to purchase
a house. Regular interest charges will have to be met in addition to
twoapercent for incendental expenses.
The loan will be repaid in about two and a half years.
The buildings are to be insured:by the Housing Group.

The project was initiated by the Honourable Allan
Arthurs who negotiated the loan from Mr. Bowman.


MR. C.P. CACHO has been appointed Bursar at the University of the
West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad.

MR. MANUEL ESQUIVEL a teacher at St. John's College has been awarded
a.stipend which will enable him to participate in the Summer Institute
for High School Physics Teachers to be conducted at Fordam University,
in New York City.
The course begins on Thursday- July 5th and ends on
August 12th.
Esquivel holds the B.Sc. in Physics from Loyola
University, New Orleans. He has' been senior instructor in Physics
and general science at St. John's College for some time.


EIGHT TEACHERS from the Belize Technical College, St. Johnts College,
and the Vocational Centre left Belize on Saturday to begin an eight
wes~e course in vocational teacher training in the United States.

Pooling their resources in the;project'are the government
of the U.S.A., the Corozal Sugar Factory and the local Shell subsidiary.

PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS were held on Thursday for the drafting of a
new collective Agreement between the Belize Estate and Produce Company
and G.W.D.U. representatives.

THE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY last week elected the following officers.

Mrs. Kingsley Fox, President, Mrs. V.H. Courtenay First
Vice-President, Mrs. George Wakelin Second Vice-President, Mrs.
Allan Harnden Recording Secretary~ Mrs. LLoyd Roberts Corresponding
Secretary, and Mrs. James Waight Treasurer.

BELIZE has been designated a stop on new routes included in the Anglo-
United States Air Agreement signed on May 27th for B.O.A.C. flights to
Central America.

THE STARCH PRODUCERS COOPERATIVE of the Stann Creek District is t* put
another product "Farin", on the market.

five ton Bedford truck which now provides regular transport service
between Belize City and the Maskall area.

GILBERT WITT IAMS of the Police Force has been awarded the Colonial
Police Medal for meritorious service.

The award was conferred in the Birthday Honours list.

A NEW FISHERMAN'S COOPERATIVE will shortly be registered in Toledo.

The National Fishermen Producers' Cooperative Society
is reported to be negotiating the purchase of a freezer and processing
plant for the coming lobster season.
It is hoped that the negotiation will be completed before
the beginning of the lobster season.


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THE THREE WEEKS long seminar for sales clerks sponsored by the Labour
Department came to a close on Tuesday. Labour Minister McKoy was the
guest speaker.


THE ASTRONOMY CLUB of Belize opened an exhibition of pictures and
object of Astronomical interest at the Bliss Institute on Tuesday.

Most of the objects were made by the members of the
Club which is sponsored by the Extra Mural Department of the U.W.I.


tractor, with attachments at its two day Show next November.

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Premier George Price




Belize City,
17th June, 1966.


"The United Kingdom have given a solemn undertaking
that there is no intention of imposing a solution which is
unacceptable to the people of Belize."



Belize City, June 17, 1966

Mr. Speaker,.

1. My reason for making this statement is the apparent need to allay the groundless fears
which may have been caused by ill-informed and factious articles in some newspapers.

2. The House will understand that it is not possible to give an exhaustive account at this
time when the Mediator is si ill conducting his negotiations; and I am sure that the House would
not wish me to say anything wvli i mi.ht mt ake his task more difficult or which might prejudice
the success of his efforts.

3. 1 should like to give the background to the present situation. Representatives of Belize
nmet in London last .!; v with renresentativcs of the United Kmindom and of Guatemala. This
meeting was atte:: representatives of the Governmcnt. and the Opposition, as well as by
you, Mr. Speaker, imnd I- *" he President of the Senate. As a result the Government of the United
States of America acce:.-cd an invitation to mediate in the long-standing dispute between the
United Kingdom and G; ('emala over Belize. President Johnson subsequently appointed as
Mediator Mr. Bethuel M. Webster, the well-known New York lawyer, and accorded him the
personal rank of Ambassador.

4. In order to familiarise himself with the details of his task His Excellency Ambassador
Bethuel M. Webster visited Belize, Guatemala and the United Kingdom, and he has had dis-
cussions in t':;e countries and in New York City with delegations from the countries concerned.
He is now engaged in a series of unilateral conversations with the parties to the dispute with a
view to finding an approach which will be acceptable to all concerned. The progress which
has been achieved so far has been made only after full consultation between both political parties
in Belize and with their agreement. This consultation will continue.

Recently representatives of the Government of the United Kingdom and of the Govern-
ment of Belize met in London and discussed matters which Ambassador Webster proposed to
include in his report on the mediation of the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute. The representatives
of the United Kingdom made it very clear that the proposals were not final and that they were
presented to obtain the reaction of ihe BcI,.can delegation.Subsequently in New York City the
representatives of the United Kingdom and of Belize met the Mediator and they informed him
of their views regarding his proposals.

6. It was never suggested or proposed, either in London or in New York City, that Belize
should not be an independent and sovereign statt.

7. While the talks were bei:" held it New York City, a newspaper article appeared in
Trinidad which reported faiLc'-,;: .ite discussions in London. This article falsely stated that
"Britain wants to quit Br.i: 0 Ionduras and in effect lian- the colony over to Guatemala as
soon-as possible" Til-m is .uiily untrue. There was never any suggestion or proposal of t.rn-
ing over Belize tr G',aieni.'a or to any other c--un,).

8. The new:sp-pcr article went oi to state falsely that "Mr. Webster made his report in
March after visiting Guatemala and British -Hoaduras last January". This is completely un-
ti uc The Ambassador has not yet concluded his report. The talks indeed were held with the
Ambassador so that he could obtain the views of the Governments of the United Kindom
and of Belize on certain matters which he proposed to include in his report.

9. A further false statement of the Trinidad newspaper was that "Britain would with-
draw entirely leaving Guatemala in sole charge of the defence of British Honduras". There was
never any suggestion or proposal that Guatemala or any other country should be rn charge of
the defense of Belize.

10". An independent Belize would be able to conclude mutual defense pacts with any country
or coi.mtries to guarantee her.territorial integrity; but under no circumstances shall foreign troops
be stationed on the soil of Belize.

11. There is no trith in the statement that "There is no guarantee that British Honduras
could remain in the. Commonwealth because this too might offend the Guatemalans" The
plain truth is that entry into the Commonwealth will depend on acceptance of the applicant by
a majority ofitsmembers. Honourable Members will recall that not long ago there was a
suggestion by a certain member nation of the Commonwealth to expel ihe United Kingdom
itself !rom the Commonwealth..

1. Upon the attainment of independence, Belize would be free to request admission
into the Commonwealth, but in would depend on its members to grant Belize admission.
It is oar intention to seek membership of the Commonwealth and we are confident that our appli-
cation will be received with sympathy especially by the Commonwealth countries of the Caribbean
area. There is no precedent for a former dependent territory being refused admission to the
Commonwealth. The most recent admission was that of Guyana. A similar procedure applies
with regard to admissions to the United Nations.

S'. Another complete falsehood is the statement in iie Trinidad newspacpr that "the
joint a authority would supervise all aspects of British Honduras' economic development as well
as roads and harboiirs" The subject of a joint economic commission lo administer
cert ir activities and services connected with an outlet to the Caribbean Sea for the produce
of El Peten was discussed at a meeting with the Mediator in New York City last March. At
that time the Belizeal Delegation saw no objection to such an arrangemnenr which inoukl
redound to the economic development of Belize and El Peten in so f.'r as the o;iali' '.as
concerned. The proposed body would certainly not supervise all aspects of our economic deveiup-
ment. If the proposal is eventually accepted, such a body would have clearly defined ;t. ,ns of
reference and powers in respect of certain agreed joint enterprises. The delegation of such !po (e's
would require the specific approval of our National Assembly, which would continue to be ihe
Supreme Authority in and over Belize.

14 Our Government has always advocated the name of Belize as the new name of the
country, not because the:change of name would accommodatee the Guatemalans' but because
Belize :isSthe historic name and any other name would be unnatural. Moreover it is true to
say that out country from time immemorial has been known to the whole of Latin America
by the name Belize.

15. As indicated at the beginning of this statement, the discussions both in London and
in New York City related to certain matters which His Excellency Ambassador Webster pro-
posed to include in the report he is hoping to complete in the near future. These matters com-
prise solutions the Mediator suggested for inclusion in his report.

16. I wish to make it clear. Mr Speaker, that the Government of the United Kingdom have
given a solemn undertaking that there is no intention of imposing a solu ion which is unacceptable
to the p ople of Belize.

17. There;are certain political! and economic safeguards which this Government has made
clear to the Mediator as oeing essential even in this modern age ~' ;ntercependence among
soverei n nations when some joint services are the.normal practice and lead to greater econo-
mic dcv lopment.

.18. Politically this Government is resolved that the next and final step of constitutional
advance .shal establish Belize as a fully independent nation. With regard to our future external
affairs vhen the United Kingdom will no longer be responsible for them, Belize will be free to
mak- il? T arrangement for its representation abroad in the best intere, of the country and its
pece-:. Sccific arrangements will be worked out and put into effect at the time of indepen-

:. i~rw:' :..a'i!, he ain; of the Go :,rrnrent of Belize is to ensure that the preferential
armsi o su&r *nid citrs avre eisenBd inlo ^ricdpcnendece.

20. As regards internal security, we are satisfied that we can rely on our Volunteer Guard
and Police Force both of which have attained a high pitch of efficiency. Our territorial inte-
grity can also be preserved by these forces and with the co-operation of our neighbours. Should
the need arise, however, we would have no hesitation in seeking aid from the United Kingdom and
if necessary elsewhere.

21 All the foregoing points were made to His Excellency Ambassador Webster when
the Belizeafi delegation again told him of the aspirations of the Belizean people to be an indepen-
dent and sovereign nation and of their desire to achieve a just and honourable settlement of the

22. The Mediator's exploratory talks will continue until such time as he feels able to pre-
pare definitive proposals for a settlement of the dispute. When the Ambassador completes his
report, he will submit it to the President of the United Stages of America, who in turn will de-
liver it to the Governments of the United Kingdom and of Guatemala.

23. We have the assurance of the Government of the United Kingdom that at that stage
they will again consult the Government of Belize. Then the Government of Belize will consult
the Beiizean people on the exact proposals of the Mediator using all available means of publicity
in order that all Belizeans may know the proposals of mediation. The Government of Belize
will inform its people not on the basis of distorted reports appearing in a foreign and a local
newsbfaper, which were apparently leaked by a confused and fearful mind, but on the concrete
proposals of the mediation.

24. I wish to express my own trust and the trust of the Government of Belize in the Gov-
ernment of the United Kingdom and in the ability and the integrity of the Mediator, His Ex-
cellency Ambassador Webster, and our confidence that when an honourable settlement has
been reached, the fact of its promotion by the Government of the United States of America will
be a very powerful guarantee. Mr. Speaker, I have every hope that a satisfactory solution will
be found and that this dispute will be finally relegated to the pages of history before we move
on to Independence. Long live Belize!

Issued by the Government Information Service,
Belize City.
17th June, 1966.

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