Letters — 19 March 2013

Dear Editor,

I read with great interest, in the Amandala of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, the essay by Mr. Henry Gordon regarding the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Eamon Courtenay, and was moved to call him.

I asked him about the maps [1] &[2] he mentioned under exclusive economic zones and the continental shelf of Belize and Honduras.

He could recall seeing it, probably in 2003, as the results of the conference were published, but could not now locate a copy.

Since then, I have called several government departments to see where a copy of this map is located, and can be seen.

No one, so far, even seem to be aware of its existence, including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of the Environment, Lands and Surveys, Land Information Section, Geology and Petroleum, (who have the maps showing the oil leases), Coast Guard, Fisheries, and Coastal Zone Management.

How on earth (or on the sea) can Belizeans defend our country, if no one in authority knows the limits and boundaries, or even seems to want to know?

Sincerely,
jonO (John Oliver)

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