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Nov 1, 2016

B.D.F. Commander Suggests It Was ‘a Misunderstanding’

David Jones

That incident occurred on the same day when a group of Belizean fishermen were held briefly by a Guatemalan coastal patrol vessel. The fishermen were fishing in the Gulf of Honduras when they were intercepted by the Guatemalan patrol at a point between the mouth of the Moho River, Toledo and Punta de Manabique, Izabal, Guatemala.  This evening, the B.D.F. commander explained the latest incident downplaying the encounter.  


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

“There was some incident a couple weeks back where there was a report that the Guatemalans were building a facility on the island. That was erroneous information; it wasn’t true. What was happening was actually the Guatemalan armed forces were providing support, medical support to the people that live just opposite the island. When the troops went there they were actually stopped by the Guatemalan forces. They had their own reasons why but it wasn’t supposed to happen. Immediately, I contacted General Perez who was informed and apparently the officer had just newly went out there to work, so he wasn’t aware of the protocol. But it was corrected immediately so there isn’t any hindrance of what is happening there. But it was actually erroneous information that they were building a facility, but they were actually providing medical support. One of the officers who wasn’t aware of what was expected out there had actually informed the soldiers that they were not supposed to go south, but it was corrected immediately.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, no tension at all?”


Brig. Gen. David Jones

“No. At the moment there is absolutely no tension between us. I continue to communicate on a weekly basis with General Perez who is the commander of the Guatemalan Armed Forces and we are looking forward to have an agreement settled by sometime next month. We are hoping that we have something in writing with regards to what the protocols should be in the Sarstoon.”


In mid-October the Minister of foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington told News Five that Guatemala will agree on a protocol whereby Guatemala is not going to interfere with Belizeans who will be able to move freely in the area without any aggression or interruption by the Guatemalan military.

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1 Response for “B.D.F. Commander Suggests It Was ‘a Misunderstanding’”

  1. Stopthebs says:

    LOL…LOL..the Belizean leaders are a bunch of jokes…’s a shame when you have to ask the Guats permission to patrol in your own territory..shameful Belizean leaders ..power to the people

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