U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Meets with PM Barrow and FM Elrington on Nicaragua Crisis and Other Regional Security Concerns

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Prime Minister of Belize, the Hon Dean Barrow

Press Release – U.S. Embassy – On August 8, 2018, U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Ambassador Todd Robinson met with Prime Minister Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Honorable Wilfred Elrington to discuss our common concerns over the breakdown of law and order in Nicaragua and other regional security issues.  Ambassador Robinson’s stop in Belize was the first in his regional trip to coordinate joint efforts to support the OAS working group to promote a peaceful and democratic outcome to the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua as agreed upon in an OAS resolution adopted on August 2, 2018.  Ambassador Robinson will also visit El Salvador and Costa Rica.

The United States is committed to supporting the Nicaraguan people in their rightful demand for democratic reform and to hold the Ortega government and Ortega-controlled armed groups accountable for continued human rights violations and abuses. We look forward to engaging with Belize to help advance the Working Group’s efforts as it endeavors to support the role of the OAS in promoting democratic reform and monitoring the state of human rights through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Wilfred Elrington, Foreign Affairs Minister

In his meeting with Prime Minister Barrow, Ambassador Robinson emphasized Belize’s important role in supporting the OAS working group and exercising its leadership in the region. They discussed the importance of stopping the violence and supporting negotiations.

The United States supports Belize’s efforts as President Pro Tempore of the Central America Integration System (SICA) to better coordinate SICA-CARICOM security efforts and other priorities.  As a stable democracy with its foot in both Central America and the Caribbean, Belize is in a unique position to exercise principled leadership in the region on Nicaragua and many other issues.

A career diplomat, Ambassador Robinson was most recently the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Caracas, Venezuela from December 18, 2017 to May 22, 2018.  He was previously U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala from September 16, 2014 to September 20, 2017.

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