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Will Security Commanders Push ‘YES’ Vote to I.C.J.?

The top brass at the Ministry of National Security has publicly come out in support of a ‘YES’ vote to take the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice.  [...]

What are the Political Implications of the Ministry of National Security Saying ‘Yes’ to the I.C.J.?

Taking such a public position is unprecedented because the I.C.J. vote is a controversial and emotional issue with political implications. The position of the top brass of the security forces [...]

National Security Commanders Come Out in Support of the I.C.J.

The three arms of the Ministry of National Security have taken a collective position as it relates to the International Court of Justice.  Appearing in uniforms this morning on Open [...]

Resolving Matter at the I.C.J. Will Make Protecting Belize’s Sovereignty Easier

The Belize Defence and the Belize Coastguard are charged with protecting the sovereignty of Belize and its internal security.  The B.D.F. and the Coastguard are both active in the Sarstoon [...]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Says BTV is “Reckless and Irresponsible”

While the government is protesting the GAF, Elrington also spoke about the actions of the Belize Territorial Volunteers. He says that for the BTV to take citizens to the Sarstoon [...]

Minister Saldivar Weighs in on Sarstoon Incidents

Minister of National Security John Saldivar also weighed in on the Sarstoon incidents. He says that they have made it clear to Belizeans that in an effort to ensure safety; [...]

Belize and UK Sign Revised M.O.U. for Military Training

Today, the Governments of Belize and the United Kingdom signed the revised Status of Forces Agreement and its Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Status of the Armed Forces of the [...]

Did BTV Intentionally Incite the GAF? BTV Says Not So!

The Belize Territorial Volunteers claim that twice on the weekend, they had a face-off with the Guatemalan Armed Force on the Sarstoon River.  Today, a press conference was held to [...]

Highlights of the Second Annual Military Parade

The Minister of National Security held its second annual Military Parade. As a highlight of the national September Celebrations, the parade featured the Belize Defense Force Infantry, Maritime and Air Wings, [...]

GAF Aggresses BTV during Eco Challenge

On Friday, we reported on the planned Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge.  BTV volunteers led by Wil Maheia, had gone to the area to install a flag when they were confronted [...]

BTV is Turned Back from the Sarstoon by the GAF

Smack in the middle of the national celebrations there has been encounter in the Sarstoon. The Belize Territorial Volunteers, lead by Wil Maheia, was up the Sarstoon River prior to [...]

79 Seamen Apprentices Join the Belize Coastguard

The Belize Coastguard is recording its largest number growing from strength to strength in its thirteenth year history. Today, just under eighty new members joined its ranks which have swollen [...]

U.S. Donates $1.2 Million of Equipment to the Coastguard and the B.D.F.

About one point two million dollars in equipment was handed over today to the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force by the U.S. government. The Coast Guard received [...]

A New F.O.B. to Be Erected at Bacalar Chico

The top brass of the Belize Coast Guard headed today to Bacalar Chico, a national park. The occasion was the groundbreaking ceremony for a forwarding operating base at the strategic [...]

Improved Benque/Melchor Border Crossing is Inaugurated Out West

It took two months to clean up a long standing problem at the western border where pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as well as illegal activities, were posing persistent challenges to [...]

A B.D.F. Outpost to Overlook the Western Border is in the Offing

Today’s ceremony at the western border was twofold.  Not only was the Benque/Melchor facility inaugurated, ground was also broken for the construction of a Belize Defense Force outpost atop a [...]

Community Policing Training Wraps up in Belmopan

A training programme by the Israeli government that started with controversy, ended quietly today in Belmopan. For a week, the police department and civilians received training from the Israeli instructors [...]

DCP Says Israelis’ Training is Useful

Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams, an advocate of strong community relations, credits the Israelis for their success in that area of outreach, despite what has been said by detractors of the [...]

A Forward Operating Base is Inaugurated at Hunting Caye

A forward operating base was launched on Wednesday at Hunting Caye in southern Belize. The base was long in coming; work started in 2014, but was abruptly halted after it [...]

Recommendations to Curb Guatemalan Incursions in the South

On Thursday night you heard Cristina Coc of the Maya Leaders Alliance outline growing Guatemalan incursions and the impacts on the bordering Mayan communities.  On Wednesday, the Ministry of National [...]

Maya Leaders Question Effectiveness of the B.D.F. in Keeping Guatemalan Farmers Away in the South

The village of Otoxha in Toledo has become a hot spot for illegal incursions by farmers from Guatemala who have been clearing of tracts of land for farming purposes. Other [...]

B.D.F. Minister John Saldivar Takes a Trip to Otoxha

Coc continued that in Dolores, Guatemalan farmers had first put markers and then replaced them with posts even as trespassing and incursions continued in the San Benito Poite and San [...]

Illegal Activities Continue within Columbia Forest Reserve

Since sounding an alarm several weeks ago that Guatemalan farmers have been encroaching on land surrounding Otoxha Village in the Toledo District, the Belize Defense Force has been deployed to [...]

News Five Treks to South Cebada in the Chiquibul Forest

South Cebada is one of the most remote areas of the Chiquibul National Park. While it is deep inside the protected area and difficult to reach, it is also located [...]

Government Commends the Actions of FCD in Arresting Guatemalan Poachers

As you heard, manning the Chiquibul National Park poses a huge challenge to the relevant agencies, including Friends for Conservation and Development.  FCD rangers on June sixth spotted a group [...]