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Are the Brits Planning to Set Up a Military Base in Belize?

The Brits are reportedly looking to expand their military presence in the Caribbean.  They have confirmed as much, but it is left to be seen where they will increase their [...]

Minister of National Security Visits Sarstoon; GAF Showed Up but Didn’t Create Any Trouble

Last week Minister of National Security John Saldivar went on a tour in the south to inspect security facilities. On Friday, the tour kicked off with a visit to Barranco [...]

Minister of National Security Tours Southern Belize

Minister of National Security John Saldivar commenced a tour of the south this weekend, beginning with a trip to Barranco Village and the Sarstoon River on Friday.  The ministry is [...]

Top Cop Holds Public Meeting in PG

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams hosted a public meeting in Punta Gorda on Friday evening to discuss the concerns of residents in the wake of an increase in crime and [...]

A Coastguard Outpost in Barranco?

Minister of National Security John Saldivar was in Punta Gorda today and reportedly led a large civilian delegation under joint military and coastguard patrol to the Sarstoon River.  The trip [...]

F.O.B.’s Pier Has Been Repaired

Last November, B.D.F. soldier Private Fidel Williams lost an eye when he tripped and fell on the pier at the Forward Operating Base located at the mouth of the Sarstoon [...]

Squatters on Sandbore are Given Notice to Relocate

A group of fishermen, squatting on a small landmass in Belize’s southern waters, has been given notice to remove equipment and other structures that have been erected on Coco Solo [...]

98 New B.D.F. Recruits

Approximately eight hundred applications were submitted to the B.D.F. for Intake number sixty- four but only one hundred and thirty were invited to train. But after the first several weeks [...]

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, [...]