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Apr 7, 2016

Investigations Show Guatemalans Were the Shooters

Today, Minister of National Security John Saldivar told the media that it has been confirmed that Guatemalans shot Staff Sergeant Lambey. He says that the problem in the Sarstoon does not require military action but a diplomatic solution.

 

Reporter

“Can we confirm if Guatemalans were the shooters?”

 

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“I believe we have confirmed that they are and again it is another unfortunate incident; we’ve already made strong representations in this regard. We are happy that Mister Lambey is safe and recovering and be given the best possible treatment for his injuries.”

 

Reporter

“There was a suggestion that it might have been friendly fire. Can you confirm that?”

 

John Saldivar

“Absolutely not; absolutely cannot confirm that. That’s not what I’ve heard.”

 

Reporter

“Sir looking at these incidents and I look back as well at the confrontation or several confrontations between the Belize Territorial Volunteers and the Guatemalan Navy in the Sarstoon. Looking at the Sergeant Richard Lambey, the SATIIM confrontation and as well as several confrontations between the Belize Territorial Volunteers and the Guatemalan Navy, what is being done to regulate these issues? It’s increasing alarming looking at these cases.”

 

John Saldivar

John Saldivar

“First of all it is clear that there is a new position that is being adopted by the Guatemala—either the government or the military or both—this is of recent. We have to take the necessary actions diplomatically and otherwise to make sure that our case is heard. There is certainly, as we continue to repeat; there is not a military solution to what is happening here. We have to continue to plow away at the diplomatic solution and that is what we are doing in the strongest possible terms. We are trying to make sure that we maintain the support of all our brother and sister nations that have previously supported our independence and continued territorial integrity and sovereignty. And using the diplomatic channels, I am hopeful that we will be able to resolve this.”

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