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Prime Minister and B.D.F. Commander Sing From Different Hymn Books

The first release from the National Security Council, issued just before the expedition on Sunday, broke the news of “countless encounters” between the B.D.F. and Guatemalan military. The release speaks [...]

Is Fear of Dengue Reason Why B.D.F. is Reluctant to Build F.O.B. on Sarstoon Island?

So will the Coast Guard’s Forward Operating Base be constructed at the mouth of the Sarstoon? And if so…when? The F.O.B. has been on the drawing board for eight years [...]

Coast Guard Commander Explains Absence from B.T.V. Expedition

On Sunday, the Coast Guard made its presence felt in Barranco, as they checked to ensure the safety of passengers and vessels headed to the Sarstoon. But they couldn’t do [...]

B.D.F. Commander, “Relationship with Guatemalan Military is Jeopardized”

The Prime Minister claims that following Sunday’s incident with the Guatemalan Navy, there is no doubt that tensions and thus the risk and danger has increased, not only to the [...]

Dismantling Criminal Firearms Trafficking Organizations

Seventy percent of the population of SICA member countries identify crime as the main threat to sustainable human development and one of the biggest contributors is the trafficking of illegal [...]

Coastguard Cannot Entertain BTVs Request

Sunday’s expedition to Sarstoon Island will see a rather large civilian contingent representing various organizations, including the Northern Territorial Volunteers and COLA.  The maritime leg of the journey, from Barranco [...]

Coastguard Recruits Graduate

A cohort of naval officers attached to the Belize National Coast Guard graduated earlier today after completing an intensive curriculum geared towards promoting them to marines.  For the past several [...]

Customs and Police Departments Take Firearms Training

The introduction of illegal firearms presents a huge challenge for the region; this week a training exercise is taking place in Belize with the support of Central American Integration System, [...]

Abandoned Chopper Discovered Near Blue Creek

An abandoned helicopter, presumably used for narco-trafficking, is currently in the custody of the Belize Defense Force. The Bell aircraft was found on Wednesday afternoon on a feeder road in [...]

Confiscated Helicopter to be Added to Incoming Military Fleet

But while Brigadier General David Jones would not go as far as to say that the helicopter is now the property of the Government of Belize, Minister of National Security, [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says Nothing Stops Belize from Building F.O.B. in Sarstoon

Moving to another hot-button issue…In late July, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raul Morales, said during a press conference that in the Confidence Building Measures, both Belize and Guatemala had [...]

F.O.B. Will be Built to Fight Drug Activity in Sarstoon

According to Brigadier General Jones, the forward operating base on the mainland near the mouth of the Sarstoon River will be constructed. He says that the B.D.F. and the Coastguard [...]

Territorial Volunteers Full Steam Ahead to Sarstoon Island

Since an armed standoff between the Belize National Coast Guard and the Guatemalan navy at the end of May, the Sarstoon Island has virtually been declared off-limits to civilians.  In [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says Decision by B.T.V. is Ill-advised…

The Belize Territorial Volunteers, despite not having received government’s blessing, is proceeding with an expedition to Sarstoon Island.  But it seems they will also be trekking to the controversial area [...]

…Relationship Between Armed Forces Can be Jeopardized

In spite of Guatemala’s existing claim for ownership of Sarstoon Island, a routine B.D.F. patrol maintains military presence in the area.  Commander Jones told News Five earlier today that the [...]

Unwarranted Trek to Sarstoon Island Can Inflame Conflict

The unwarranted mission to Sarstoon Island, in Jones’ opinion, can very well result in a split in the relationship that the B.D.F. and the Guatemalan army have forged.  That liaison, [...]

New Recruits Join Ranks of B.D.F.

As the B.D.F. faces a number of challenges, it is also strengthening its numbers. Today, a new squad of officers joined its ranks following seventeen weeks of intense training ranging [...]

Government Acquires Loan for National Security Initiatives

According to Minister of National Security John Saldivar, government is also acquiring a loan of sixty million dollars to beef up the security of the country through national security programs. [...]

4 Former Foreign Ministers Dispute Guatemala Assertion

Did the Foreign Minister of Guatemala Carlos Raul Morales misspeak at a press conference at the Radisson on Tuesday? In his presentation, Morales told the media that there was an [...]

Minister of National Security Weighs in on Sarstoon F.O.B.

The construction of a forward operating base on the mainland, at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, has been the latest issue on the discussion table between Belize and Guatemala. [...]

Conservation Post Inaugurated at Caracol in Memory of Danny Conorquie

Almost a year after the shooting death of Tourism Police Officer Danny Conorquie at the Caracal Archaeological Site in Western Belize, a conservation post has been erected to thwart illicit [...]

Foreign Minister Sedi Weighs-In on Guatemala’s Protest

On Wednesday night, News Five was the first to report on a formal protest issued by Guatemala in relation to the planned construction of a Forward Operating Base at the [...]

Sedi Reiterates and Affirms His Position on The ICJ

Just before leaving for Washington and Mexico today, Elrington told News Five that Guatemala’s position on the Forward Operating Base was conveyed in a very civilized manner, through a diplomatic [...]

Are Belizeans Responsible For Incidents Involving Guatemalans?

There have been two notable incidents in very recent months – first the capture of thirty-seven Belizeans in Belizean territorial waters by Guatemalan military, and then the altercation between Guatemalan [...]

So What’s The Status Of The FOB?

So the fate of the Forward Operating Base now lies in the hands of the O.A.S., and the territorial integrity of Belize will lie in the hands of the ICJ, [...]