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Oct 6, 2014

Update on San Valentin where armed Guatemalans threatened B.D.F. soldiers

Francis Fonseca

On Friday, the nation was shocked and outraged at the news that a gang of armed Guatemalan civilians came across the border and confronted BDF personnel. The incident happened at Valentin Camp about one kilometre from the border, where a new outpost is being constructed. According to the Ministry of National Security, villagers from the Guatemalan community of San Valentin had threatened to burn down the outpost, and apparently on Friday came to make good on that threat. The situation was defused by the soldiers, and reinforcements were immediately dispatched to bolster security in that area. Even though blood wasn’t spilled the threat was real and the border situation remains volatile. This morning, P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca stated clearly that this is not the time for pussyfooting, but for a clear and strong message to be sent to Guatemala.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“I think we have to be very clear with the Guatemalans that they have to take responsibility for their people. We have to remember that these people are illegally coming into Belize, illegally coming into our country and now they’re threatening our security forces, threatening the B.D.F., threatening to burn down this observation post, destroy this post, and we can’t send any mixed messages. We have to be very tough, very clear and very strong in sending a clear message to Guatemala that this will not be tolerated. Our soldiers will defend Belizean territory, defend Belizean property and we will not allow our B.D.F. to be threatened or intimidated by these nationals. So if you do not want your Guatemalan nationals to be hurt in any way you have to do something on your side of the border to protect your citizens. We do not want to harm Guatemalans. The B.D.F. soldiers are criticized because they are so restrained in their reaction, but they do not want to hurt these people. But the Guatemalan government has a responsibility to protect their citizens. They have to protect their side of the border, and that seems to not be happening right now.”

 

This evening, News Five was able to confirm that there have been no further confrontations in that area, but the soldiers remain on high alert.

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3 Responses for “Update on San Valentin where armed Guatemalans threatened B.D.F. soldiers”

  1. André Lopez, JP says:

    I could not agree more. This type of behavior by Guatemalan nationals is intolerable and must be protested in the strongest terms. André Lopez, JP

  2. Hatari says:

    Guatemala will never cooperate with the security of the border. Nor will they make an attempt to restrain their people from crossing over to do whatever they want to. All this OAS and court crap is just window dressing for them. They may sign treaties but they will not enforce them. Why should they? There is no percentage in it for them. And if we think that we can defend the border with our very limited military resources, we are just fooling ourselves. Yes we must defend our borders but without foreign assistance, it will never happen. And that is the facts!

  3. CEO says:

    The foreign minister needs to speak out against this clearly and precisely.

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