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Apr 22, 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister says Guatemalan incursions must be dealt with sans lethal force

Wilfred Elrington

It’s not the first time B.D.F. patrols have come under fire while patrolling our border…and Tomas Ramirez is not the first Guatemalan casualty of such an altercation. High level diplomatic discussions and confidence building measures notwithstanding, incursions continue unabated. And so does the plunder of our timber, xate, gold and other resources. Still, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington says we have to find a way to deal with the Guatemalans who wander our way, without using lethal force.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“We, at the national security level, have been at pains to see how we could find a happier way to deal with these people who are coming in and in fact coming unlawfully and causing a problem with our security forces and despoiling our assets. It’s a very difficult situation and comparing it with the recent situation where we have piracy on the high seas. I was very happy to know that notwithstanding that there was a shooting at the Coast Guard…apparently they did not respond in kind although they had very heavy fire power, they were able to apprehend those people without causing any harm. I am not aware of whether they even returned fire although they were fired at. We have to find a way, we have to try to find a way particularly where you are dealing with people who are not necessarily criminals, they are not gang people or people who are engaged in violent activities. We have to find some way whereby we are able to deal with them without in fact the use of lethal force. I am told that there are weapons you can use where you can use rubber bullets or things like that where you would not cause fatality. I think it’s something that we are trying to look at with the defence force but I am also told that they have rules of engagement which are very different from the rules that govern the police force. They tend to respond using lethal force more readily because of their own training but we have got to see to what extend we can persuade them to modify that.”

 

Ramirez is the fourth Guatemalan to be killed in the Chiquibul.

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9 Responses for “Foreign Affairs Minister says Guatemalan incursions must be dealt with sans lethal force”

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    Stop making us laugh Mr. Minister!

  2. Rod says:

    I say mine the whole border mine in 10 miles inside our border so their can be no mistake of where they died we can get mines from hundreds of different countries for free this would take care of all incursions . Put up signs along the whole border and mine the complete border .

  3. jim says:

    This man doesn’t know what he is talking about the BDF are trained to kill not waste bullets like the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard indeed fired back but they missed, BDF don’t miss their target.

  4. Charles says:

    Send the minister to conduct a two week patrol in the area along with the BDF and Police and then and only then let him talk. He can’t be talking from the comfort of an air condition office!!!!

  5. fureal says:

    Put Sedi @$$^ out deh and mek he see what the men deh go through out deh.

  6. the voice says:

    In other words Belizeans will be their target? You think Guatemala will use rubber bullets? I agree with Rod. Those people that cross into Belize terretory know that they are in Belize thats why they have shotguns or whatever wapon. They come prepared because they are planting marijuana in Belize. Then la prensa libre says that they were farmers planting beans or corn. Show the proof!! Take pics or video of the plantation and show the rest of the world what really is going on. VIVA BELICE. Thank you B.D.F.

  7. Bulba Martinez says:

    This idiot is a total JACK**$ alright. He’s our elected Foreign Minister and supposedly an Attorney and don’t know when a crime is being committed? These people commited a crime by entering our country illegally to begin with. He should go out there with rubber bullets and try to stop them from entering our country illegally, bet he will get his a-s shot. Then again, he and his corrupted administration bring them in legally by droves, nationalize them, and have them vote for their party. This guy have no clue about the real world and alwqays put his two feet into his sucks every time he speak. He should keep his clappers shut because he’s worthless any damn way!!!!

  8. Lord LOL says:

    Prensa Libre is known for propaganda

  9. BELIZEAN @ HEART says:

    GOOD JOB BDF,u are there to defend and protect our national border and integrity,even though dean barrow and sedi elrington are being puppetted by guatemala,that guatemalan was killed by our BDF because they were protecting Belize.they can come with guns,tief our xate,gold,lumber,plant drugs and den they are the victimss here? plsssssssssss thay are criminals and must be dealt as it is as- criminals”. its time we stand for Belize,and no make guatemala continue to fool us and claim they are the victims,they have been taking advantage of Belizeans for many years,enough is enough.

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