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Mar 16, 2016

Brigadier General Jones Meet with Oppossition Following Latest Sarstoon Incident

David Jones

In tri-lateral meetings conducted at OAS headquarters in Washington DC on Tuesday, the Opposition was represented by former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman. Even in its release issued over the weekend, we noted that government made a point of mentioning that the Prime Minister had briefed Opposition leader John Briceño personally on the situation at the Sarstoon. While political rhetoric supports a bi-partisan approach to the dispute, the political reality is far different. But is that changing? Today Brigadier General David Jones told News Five that he met with the Opposition Leader and former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay on Tuesday.


Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander, Belize Defense Force

“It was in regards to the incident that took place in the Sarstoon on Saturday. So I discussed the details with him; most of it is sensitive so I am not going to disclose. The important thing is that I was happy that he came for the meeting because it shows that the country is taking a nonpartisan approach. The best way forward for us to move forward with the issue with Guatemala is for us to unite as a country and for the political parties to unite as a team and then come up with a strategy to decide what Belize wants, what we would like to achieve at the end and then work out a road map on how to reach there. And to tackle the issue with Guatemala head on, but from a national perspective and not from a political or partisan perspective. I am glad that he came, I briefed him on the issue, I briefed him on some of the concerns that we have from the Belize Defense Force and he got a lot of information on some of the historic events that occurred between the B.D.F. and the GAF and I also briefed him on the meeting that I had with the Guatemalan General in San Antonio, Texas last week and the fruitfulness of that particular meeting. So if anything changes between the time when I spoke to the general and perhaps in the next three weeks or so—I’m expected to meet the general again in Costa Rica at a bigger forum where I’ll be able to discuss with him the progress since we met. The meeting I had in San Antonio was a huge success because I was able to express Belize’s position having a regional platform. All the senior generals from Central America was there and I was given the opportunity to outline the concern that we have with the border with Guatemala, the progress that we are having and where we’d like to see ourselves and Guatemala working together because we have the same challenges, the same threats. And it is in the region’s interest for Belize and Guatemala to work peacefully.”

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2 Responses for “Brigadier General Jones Meet with Oppossition Following Latest Sarstoon Incident”

  1. Moses Benguche says:

    You all have denied me the opportunity to post warnings on this site of an ominous consequence of agitating for physical military response to the ongoing Belize Guatemala dispute over our southern territory. I say again, without naming any individual or organization, “unu di play with fire”. Diplomacy, regional and world pressure is the only way to solve this dispute. We don’t have a chance in hell to successfully defend ourselves militarily. It’s better to win over your enemies with love than with aggression especially when you don’t have the biggest gun. The agitators know this. So why do they continue down this ominous aggressive path. I love my country; I was born and raised in PG. I have relatives and friends on both sides of the border. We trade and travel with each other daily; have been doing this for years, long before roads to the rest of the country when the Heron H was our only once a week contact with the capital. There has never been such a heightened level of animosity until some individuals deviated from the country’s diplomatic process. I have a deep suspicion that some people may have their own agenda and motivation in stirring the pot, and perhaps may in fact be double agents. “Caveat emptor!!!”.

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    La situación es tensa entre Belice y Guatemala, por la amenaza del General David Jones y del Contraalmirante John Borland, de invadir la Isla guatemalteca de Sarstún y construir una base de avanzada de la Guardia Costera. El río Sarstún es territorio de Guatemala. Belice no tiene derecho de navegación sobre el río Sarstún, porque el tratado de 1859, no le concede a Belice derecho de navegación sobre el río Sarstún. Guatemala, si tiene derecho de navegación sobre los ríos Hondo, Belice y Sibún, porque así lo establecen los tratados de 1873 y 1876, firmados por España e Inglaterra. derechos de navegación que no fueron excluidos por otros tratados posteriores.

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