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A New Set of Rules for Joint Operations in the Chiquibul Forest

While Guatemalan president and foreign minister are at the Biltmore, in Belmopan, a protocol was signed to deal with encroachments in the Chiquibul and Vaca Forests by persons from Guatemala [...]

Chiquibul Protocol Long in the Making, But Finally Here

The newly established guidelines, according to Minister John Saldivar, who holds the national security portfolio, sets out the means by which the respective agencies, including the Forestry Department, will conduct [...]

Who Will Be 2018’s Best Coast Guard Warrior?

The Best Warrior competition started today at the Belize Coastguard Headquarters. During the next four days, participating law enforcement officers will compete to test their mental and physical acumen in [...]

B.D.F. Private Fidel Williams Taken to Merida (by Bus?)

There is an update tonight on the health of B.D.F. private Fidel Williams. While on duty, Williams fell from the deteriorating pier at the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base on November [...]

CARICOM Unified on COP24 Expectations

The twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate, known as COP24, will take place in Poland from December second to the fourteenth. The key [...]

What’s the State of the Sarstoon F.O.B. 2 Years Later?

An accident involving a Belize Defense Force soldier stationed at the forward operating base near the mouth of the Sarstoon River is raising serious questions about the conditions of the [...]

GPS to Locate Crime Hotspots?

The Ministry of National Security, through the Belize Crime Observatory, received a donation of GPS equipment earlier today from the United Nations Development Programme.  The handing over of thirty-seven devices [...]

Did John Saldivar Jump the Gun on Sarstoon Excursion?

Perhaps the most striking of his many responses during the subsequent question and answer session is the fact that Cabinet has not discussed or sanctioned a series of proposed excursions [...]

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 [...]