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Mar 14, 2016

Guatemala Denies B.D.F. Account of What Transpired on Sarstoon River

Dean Barrow

In that release issued Sunday, the Government also stated that it would send a strongly worded protest note to Guatemala to condemn the very aggressive action by its military in the Sarstoon, as well as the encroachment into Belizean waters near the Forward Operating Base on the banks of the Sarstoon. That has actually been done, and interestingly, the Guatemalans have already answered, though it is certainly not the answer that government would have hoped to receive.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The Guatemalans have responded to that note of protest and dispute our version of the facts. That is why I commenced by telling you that we stand by our version of the incident. Couple of significant things about the Guatemalan response…they deny that they behaved in an extremely hostile and threatening manner. They said they confront a Belizean vessel, which the way it is framed is not factual, and they complained about the failure on our side to follow the security protocol usually followed in the Sarstoon River and in brackets they describe that as the status quo. They say that at no time was there any provocation by the Guatemalan authorities towards the crew of the Belizean vessel. What was asked was that they follow the security protocol usually followed in the Sarstoon River and again they say status quo. I think that’s important because you will note—and the Guatemalans are very clear in saying what they want to say—in their response in the end; they insist that they are sovereign over the entirety of the Sarstoon. And I say that to underline my point. You notice that there is no suggestion that what they described as the security protocol involves any traditional request for permission on the part of the Belizean security forces to go up the Sarstoon. I mention this because it is my understanding that in some quarters, it is being claimed that what this incident has done is to expose the fact that we were not being entirely truthful with the Belizean people in so far that before now, when our military goes up river, they ask permission first. I want to repeat that has not been the case, has never been the case and not even the Guatemalans are suggesting that that was ever the case.”

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2 Responses for “Guatemala Denies B.D.F. Account of What Transpired on Sarstoon River”

  1. Kay says:

    Have you ever heard anyone willingly confess when they know they did something wrong???

  2. G says:

    we as a country must grow more discipline in our soldiers to be more alert and become ready at any time, for if Guatemala is pushing us and pushing us we cannot foward them whit such authority that they are doing us because they would like to fight back. no matter what party is in the ministers have to agree to some principles that comes from america which yes they are the country that love to push war and live by war we are our own country not because they are big they can run us come on Belize was once for England it was never for US nor Guatemala so these decisions the put us to back off is because they want to do d same with us how they did to iraq because of oil and now syria because the are fighting for there rights we must stand again bossy countries like them and take orders from our queen

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