Prime Minister Musa today took
time out to recognise ten years
of steady development at the El
Pilar Archaeological Reserve. In
a ceremony in the village of
Bullet Tree Falls, the P.M.
pointed to the relationship
between the ancient Maya and
their environment as well as the role projects like El
Pilar can play in fostering development and
understanding between the modern day inhabitants
of the area.

Prime Minister Said Musa
"There is so much to be proud of in our past, in our
history; the great civilisation of the Maya, we must all
recall, is still much alive and well in Belize. It is not
dead stones and just ruins, but rather temples that
should inspire us, and a civilisation from which we can
learn--even today--so many things. The work of the
Maya in terms of their relationship with the land and
with the forest I believe set the stage for
conservation, for harmony between man and nature."

"I see this project as also setting another pioneering
step, in showing how neighbours at the state level
can work together to bring about peace and harmony.
That we can use and see the El Pilar Project as a very
good example of when nations come together to work
for the common good and indeed put people first.
Then all ancient rivalries can be put aside, and we can
move ahead for the benefit of our peoples on both
sides of the border as well as to bring about greater
development for all our people."

The El Pilar reserve borders on Guatemala and the
ancient Maya site straddles both sides of the
frontier. International funding for joint
development projects in the border region are
expected to be a centrepiece of proposals for any
eventual solution to the Guatemalan claim to Belize.