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Aug 12, 2015

King Issues Advice to BTV

Mark King

We have told you about the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ near brush with Guatemalan armed forces.  Despite their narrow escape into Belizean waters, Sunday’s expedition to Sarstoon Island remains on schedule.  The group has organized a trip that will see close to a hundred Belizeans trekking to the remote location.  That excursion will be carried through without the protection of local law enforcement and military personnel.  This morning, Minister of State Mark King, a former B.D.F. soldier, commented on the border dispute, as well as the upcoming trip to Sarstoon Island.  Needless to say, he too is advising against the journey.

 

Mark King, Lake-I Area Representative

“I am quite patriotic to this country. I’ve served in the military for seven years Jules. I walked dehn border line. I walked every inch; in fact, my team was the first team to cut a line from Garbutt Falls to Gracias a Dios. So I am very patriotic to this country. Whereby it comes to the claim, I am very concerned and very respectful to the fact that those measures with Foreign Affairs must be respected to a large extent as to keep peace, as to have things not erupt and so forth. I am sure nobody in this country wants to see war. Where it comes to claims on the Sarstoon Island alone, I normally say what dah fu Belize, dah fu Belize and the Sarstoon is for Belize. That is separate to me from the issue of having Belizeans go there and something happens and then all of us regret it.”

 

Reporter

“So then you don’t support the Belize Territorial Volunteers going there this weekend?”

 

Mark King

“I didn’t say that either. Belizeans have a right to go where they want to go in their country. But I don’t think it is advisable because if they take children out there, if they take other Belizeans out there and somebody gets hurt, that then erupts a situation between two countries.”

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1 Response for “King Issues Advice to BTV”

  1. concerned says:

    Who does Mark King think he is? His “team” was NOT one of the first to cut any line between Garbutt’s Falls and Gracias a Dios. Lines were cut in that area before you were even conceived, Mista God Bless di UDP and Nobady Else!
    Mr. King, the territory is ours but we’re supposed to be afraid to visit it? Mek unuself useful and protect unu people.

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