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Jul 20, 2011

Prime Minister concerned about poachers and loggers in Chiquibul

Dean Barrow

The incidences of Guatemalan poachers and loggers in the Chiquibul were put to the Prime Minister. Dean Barrow says that diplomatic channels have been opened; the Belize Embassy in Guatemala is active on the issue and the B.D.F. patrols on our side of the border will continue as scheduled.

Dean Barrow

“There was a second incident. As I’ve tried to say on the show this morning. Recognize this is not Guatemalan officialdom sponsoring an excursion into Belize. This is the Guatemalan criminal elements who are engaging in things like illegal logging coming across. So why it is very serious; because heretofore, these people have been doing this for years—a patrol would appear and they would scamper away. Now they are engaging and so that is worrying. But these incidents demonstrate that the joint patrols are trying to do their jobs. They are to be commended. It’s worrying because these are joint patrols that involve forestry officers, in some cases immigration officers; it’s not just the B.D.F. and it is worrying that these people are subjected to live fire. But certainly they have to be commended for their bravery and for their determination to try to protect the sanctity of this country. The Guatemalans officialdom are happy to cooperate and that’s helpful, but you know how illegality goes. What happen to the sugar that’s being sold? The illegal people will find a way.”

Adele Ramos, Amandala

“What are they doing at this point?
Dean Barrow

“The foreign affairs and the B.D.F.—remember that there is a military liaison officer at our embassy in Guatemala City. As soon as these incidents haoppen, a report is sent so that both the Ambassador and the military liaison officer can get in touch with counterparts. And from there, both the B.D.F. and the high command in Guatemala speak directly and efforts are made to try and put in place the kinds of measures that can see them on their side of the border assist with this problem because it is illegal in Belize. As Jules says, when you take the stuff in Guatemala; that’s also illegal. But my caution is that that’s well and good and to be welcomed, but ultimately we have to sleep with our own eyes.”

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17 Responses for “Prime Minister concerned about poachers and loggers in Chiquibul”

  1. REGGIE says:

    WELL THE TIME IS COMING FOR GUAT TO TAKE CONTROLL OF THE SOUTHERN BORDER.THE WAR IS ON.WHO WILL THE PM RUN 2 TO PROTECT US.BRITISH ARMY IS GONE ,BDF DON’T HAVE THE TOOLS TO WORK WITH. PM STAY IN THE CITY N BMP AND CHANGE LAWS TO CHINGER THE PEOPLE.FROM THE SOUTH THE GUAT TAKING OUR LOGGS.THE NORTH THE DRUG LORDS WILL BE MOVING.GUATEMALA PEOPLE IS UNTED AND THEY ARE IN NEED AND FOR SURE THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO TO MAKE A LIVING.THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE UR CREW THAT YOU HAD SEND TO DESTROY THE POOR PEOPLE HOUSE.ALONG WITH BOOTS AS THE GENERAL TO GET THE GUAT .OUT.DAMN SO SAD TO SEE WE HAVE A LEADER THAT ONLY SEE $.BUT I GUESS HE PAY TO WIN THE ELECTION SO HE MUST COLLECT BACK HIS MONEY.IF YOU ADD UP HOW MANY YEAR HE BEEN TRYING TO BE PM AND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY HE USED TO BE PM.HE NOW THINKS THE COUNTRY OWE HIM EVERYTHING.SO THIS PM DON’T FEEL NO PAIN DOING WHAT HE DOING.

  2. Rod says:

    Where is the minister of defense why is he not answering to what is taking place in the country or is he as useless as the pm. Please resign barrow resign you are failing in all aspects of life in the country.

  3. Justice says:

    PM concerned about illegal activities, crime whatever? since when? Guess he is not gaining from these.

  4. islander says:

    Stop pussyfooting around Mr. Prime Minister, allow our boys to RETURN DEADLY FIRE and not shoot up in the air like the OAS wants them to…

  5. Concerned says:

    That’s right Islander! If the PM BArrow gave the go ahead to shoot live rounds at the caneros during a peaceful demonstration a few years ago and consequently shot and killed a Belizean Canero, then why can’t BDF shoot after the criminals crossing our borders and raping our rainforest? by the way, where is Audubon Society and the other NGOs (excluding Oceana) that need to make a stance against oil drilling in reserves and the reef, and illegal logging by both belizeans and guatemalans??? They were once vocal but all I hear is a deafening silence.

  6. Sugar says:

    maybe BDF can do some target practice in the jungle and learn to shoot straight…….dead man tells no tale….

  7. How Bout says:

    PM behind the zinc fenc, is this payback for Cordel and Mark’s support..

  8. Elgin Martinez says:

    If the PM is so concerned then he needs to invest more in the BDF.Our troops need more logistics,more incentives,and also expand the BDF from a thousand men to about ten thousand.Induct some of these gang members into the military.Or if they are caught in unlawful act,give them the option of going to the military or prison.

  9. Lucas says:

    Ah, CRIMINALS!. Then why worry about causing an international problem?. Shoot the criminals. Damn it.

  10. belizeanpride says:

    if i would have chance i’ll shoot to kill them and never report to the media about the incidents in the forest. guats back to uno country and die there uno di disrespect my country. i hate immigrants but respect those who pass legally just like we do in any other country.

  11. marco says:

    I am a bushman and I tell you it will be a difficult thing for a BDF to find me as he or she had a mind to. In fact, I have seen patrols working their way through the jungle and not too quietly. Have they seen me never. These Guats as we call them are jungle people and it is not easy for the BDF to see them much less catch them. They caught one this time because a child was involved. I am asking that this situation, this problem be dealt with not with violence but by education and the development of income generating option and not by shooting someone. When you shoot and kill someone, the family is hurted and guess what, there will be retaliation. And all the time, it is the families, the mothers and children that become victims of continued poverty because of a lost father, brother or the bread winner.

    The above writers are always whining but I have never heard a constructive criticism. Always blaming and convicting. Use your cohune for something better not only for your jerry curls, your license plates, or your hat/cap.

  12. Earl Grey says:

    SEND THE BELIZE CITY GANGSTERS OUT THERE TO PROTECT THE BORDER…… give them something to shoot at.

  13. Earl Grey says:

    @ Marco…………..NO NEED FOR THE RACIAL COMMENTS…….then maybe it’s GOOD TO REVEAL WHAT YOU REALLY ARE.

    WE UNDERSTAND……….

  14. incredible says:

    Marco, how is it the Government of Belize’s responsibility to create economic opportunities for Guatemalans? We can barely create such opportunities for own people much less people from other countries. Remember these are not even illegals we are talking about. They live on that side of the border and only cross over to thief what is not theirs.

  15. a tired belizean says:

    u think? he is another colored person bla bla bla-ing…taking advantage while he is in. all them poli-trick-ions are crooked big time. when i dealt business in belize, everybody wanted something, at least in the PUP, they did it, the UDP just screw u!

  16. agnis buachie says:

    THATS ALL HE IS WORRIED ABOUT…………DAAAAAAH

  17. marco says:

    Early Grey sorry for the racist comment it was unintentional but you and I are the same, your comments to me are also condescending.

    I was not meaning that our government seek alternatives to these guatemalans but that we continue working with Guatemala in advisind in the development of income generating options

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