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Nov 2, 2015

Former Foreign Minister Says BATSUB Not Here to Defend Belizean Sovereignty…

British Army commander, Lieutenant General James Everard made an official visit to Belize last Wednesday where he met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the status of the British Army Training Support Unit Belize.  BATSUB, as it is otherwise known, will be seeing a resurgence of British Army troops who will be conducting military training in jungles across the country in the months ahead.  In the wake of that meeting, there has been a false sense of security that the return of more British soldiers will ward off Guatemala from military aggression toward Belize.  Former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay told the media in a sit-down earlier today that Belize’s territorial dispute with Guatemala and the resulting hostilities have to be dealt with Belize.

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

“The recent announcement by the Lieutenant General Everard that BATSUB would be increasing its presence in Belize has been used by the current government in its last days to suggest, and I imply, that somehow Belize is a safer place because of this announcement.  I think it’s important for Belizeans to first of all note that BATSUB never left Belize.  The announcement of the so-called withdrawal was not a withdrawal, BATSUB has always been here and in fact what they have announced is that there’s an increase in their permanent presence and an increase in the frequency with which they are going to visit Belize.  As a result, approximately two thousand men will be coming through I think next year or starting from next year.  That is a far cry from suggesting or implying that Belize has the protection of the British were Guatemala to mount any type of military aggression.  The British have not announced a defense guarantee, the British have not given any type of comfort to Belize and Belizeans, we believe, should note that the risk that Belize faces because of the election of President Moralez is a matter that has to be dealt with by Belize and we should not depend on the British to come to our aide and defend us.  So our fundamental position is we welcome the increased presence of BATSUB in Belize but that has given us no assurance that our security and our diplomatic position has improved at all.”

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6 Responses for “Former Foreign Minister Says BATSUB Not Here to Defend Belizean Sovereignty…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    ‘In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way’ – Franklin D Roosevelt

  2. Malcolm says:

    Britain went to war with Germany when they invaded Poland. They went to war with Argentina when they invaded the Falkland Islands, and there is no doubt in my mind they would go to war with Guatemala if they ever tried to invade Belize. AS the Daily Telegraph said, the British Lion protects the Belizean ant from the Guatemalan mouse.

  3. Marb says:

    Why be-little your Country? Be proud Belize has Allies that stand by us!!!!

  4. Emil says:

    History teaches that Belize was a British colony. It is just like a parent who will always defend their kids no matte what. So whatever you say is just negative statements towards Belizeans. Your political agenda don’t want us to believe that even if there is no protection assurance, having more British soldiers is good for Belize. Do you believe that British soldiers will just sit and watch the guatemalans war with Belize and do nothing? We welcome the British.

  5. Emory Vansen says:

    I believe that we should not listen to such negative thoughts. We should not worry about guatemalan elected president morales…. We have our backings and being a Commonwealth nation give us many benefits… Of course the British will not say publicly that they are here to defend us, they can’t reveal their plans……. in case of any aggression, we will be protected, there is no doubt about that…. It’s a shame that this former political leader has such a negative mentality when it comes to our national security, it is like he want us to be afraid… afraid of what? Let’s continue keeping out heads high and never acknowledging these type of insulting negativity

  6. CAMILA ARMINDA VALENCIA says:

    IS THAT WHY U ALL IN BELIZE LIKE AN ENGLISH BEE STING BUT U DON’T WANT TO BE A COLONY AGAIN U LIKE BELIZE BANK ENGLISH SPACES ENGLISH OWNED BUSINESSES MAKE UP U MIND IN BELIZE WHAT U R THEN U LET UR SELF KNOW WHO I AM AND WHO UR CREOLS R BOTHERING ME

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