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Sep 3, 2015

B.D.F. and Guatemalan Military Encounters are Routine – P.M. Barrow

COLA’s campaign has been focused on the Sarstoon and the need for a military presence at that location. It is a cry that has resonated, especially after footage last week was released which shows a Guatemalan vessel speeding behind a B.D.F. vessel out the Sarstoon. The PM today reiterated the claim that those B.D.F./G.A.F. encounters are routine, and that Belize continues to maintain sovereignty over our territory, with or without a Forward Operating Base.


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Throughout my tenure there have from time to time been reports of the Guatemalans shadowing the B.D.F. when they are going up the Sarstoon. Sometimes it goes beyond shadowing. While, as long as the Guatemalans in doing the shadowing stick to their side of the river it may be an irritant but it certainly is not anything that we fundamentally have to worry about. When as has happened on occasion it goes beyond shadowing it merely underlines the volatility of the situation in which they claim the entirety of the Sarstoon and we say absolutely not. But it also underlines the fact that notwithstanding the incidents the B.D.F. continues to traffic the Sarstoon or at least our side of the Sarstoon on a regular basis, sometimes as often as once a week…perhaps there are times when they slip to every fortnight and that constitutes an assertion and maintenance of our sovereignty.”

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