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Defense Minister & C.E.O. to Hunting Caye

Minister of Defense John Saldivar and his C.E.O. Felix Enriquez today commenced a national tour of facilities operated by the Belize Coast Guard. The visit started in the south with [...]

Meetings to Begin on Sarstoon Protocol in Coming Weeks

Late last year, talk of signing a Sarstoon protocol with Guatemala was a hot-button issue that dominated the news. Well, as you would have noted, December has come and gone [...]

72 New Recruits for B.D.F.

Approximately five hundred applications were submitted to the B.D.F. for Intake number sixty-two but only around one hundred and fifty of those were invited to train. But after the first [...]

Guatemala Map Validates Steady Encroachment by Fishers in Belizean Waters

Tonight, there are two developments on the territorial claim to Belize that could explain Guatemala’s aggressive behavior for months. A map released by the Guatemalan government has surfaced showing that [...]

Keep Calm on Guatemala Violations, Says Elrington

Over the past two years, Guatemala has been asserting sovereignty over the area, going as far as militarizing the remote area and now escorts Belizeans traversing our side of the [...]

Will U.S. Supreme Court side with Belize in arbitration dispute?

Will the Government of Belize persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to listen to its arguments to dismiss an arbitration award granted to Belize Social Development Limited in 2009? A decision [...]

F.C.D. gets ready for Chiquibul Forest Initiative and Commonwealth Canopy/Maya 2020

A few months ago the Government announced plans to fund four institutions, including the Belize Defence Force and Friends for Conservation and Development, to the tune of sixteen million dollars [...]

Coast Guard continues search for best warrior

The Coastguard Best Warrior Competition continued today; the third and final day turned out to be the most grueling. Coastguard officers were up bright and early to test their endurance [...]

Police gear up for busy Christmas season

The Christmas season is now upon us, it means that the police will be working overtime to keep up with criminals. The Police Department is embarking on an anti-crime campaign [...]

Coast Guard Searches for the Best Warrior

For the past two days, the competitive spirit among Coastguard officers has been in high levels at their headquarters on the George Price Highway. About fifty officers are participating in [...]

Coast Guard to Support B.D.F. in Sarstoon

In the last few weeks we told you about some incidents involving the Guatemalan Armed Forces and different local organizations. The B.D.F. were stopped not so long ago and it [...]

11 Years of Service for the Belize Coast Guard

The Belize National Coast Guard celebrated in grand style today for their eleventh anniversary. They have grown significantly since they opened their doors back in November 2005. And today they [...]

Coast Guard Watches High Seas for Pirates

A few weeks back we told you about an incident at sea where northern fishermen were robbed at gunpoint in southern Belize. The fishers were approached by well-armed men who [...]

Military Relationship Warm Compared to Political Deep Freeze

Recently, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington indicated that he has been unable to engage Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Carlos Raul Morales in any discussion. The breakdown in communication has [...]

B.D.F. Keeping Eye on Illegal Activity in Sarstoon Area

SATIIM co-manages the Sarstoon Temash National Park and according to them, they were intercepted by the GAF recently when they were on a patrol of the area. The N.G.O. says [...]

Exercise Tropical Dagger Concludes Tri-National Defense Gathering

Exercise Tropical Dagger Sixteen came to a successful end today at Camp Belizario in the Cayo District. The four-week exercise is a Canadian initiative to beef up security in the [...]

Ernesto Vasquez Tells Of Run-In With Guat Navy; G.O.B. Tight-Lipped on SATIIM Intervention

The Guatemalan Armed Forces continue to operate freely in the area of the Sarstoon River, within Belizean territory. Ernesto Vasquez, who works out of the office of the Prime Minister [...]

Guatemala Controls Southern Boundary; Infringing into Belizean Territory

A report of the latest military encounter on the Sarstoon River, involving village leaders, as well as a team of and park rangers attached to SATIIM, has been filed with [...]

SATIIM Says Oversight of National Park Needs G.O.B. Intervention

Since losing its co-management agreement in July 2013, SATIIM has been virtually on its own as far as monitoring illegal activities within the expansive broadleaf, wetland and mangrove forest.  The [...]

Guatemalan Forces Stop SATIIM Again; Secret Protocol in Place?

Following a period of relative calm and somewhat downplayed encounters, activities by the Guatemalan armed forces in the Sarstoon, are sparking up again in southern Belize.  A few days ago, [...]

“Sedi” Elrington Still Waiting for Guatemala to Agree on Sarstoon Protocol

The Sarstoon Protocol; it’s been several months since the governments of Belize and Guatemala discussed formalizing a proposed set of guidelines that would govern access to the southernmost reach of [...]

Louisiana National Guard and B.D.F. Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

On Tuesday, the Belize Defence Force and the Louisiana National Guard reached a milestone in their state partnership program. It has been twenty years since Louisiana and Belize have been [...]

Video Emerges of Latest Confrontation Between Belize and Guatemala Forces in Sarstoon

Despite assurances that Belizeans and the B.D.F. can freely traverse the Sarstoon, News Five has obtained a video of another, more recent confrontation in the river between a Guatemalan gunboat [...]

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

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 [...]

Young woman alleges police brutality at traffic stop

What was supposed to be a routine traffic stop on Northside Belize City this past Friday night became an explosive instance of alleged police brutality. The complainant is a young [...]