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Reshuffling the Scope of the Belize Police Department

There are major changes to the top brass of the police department in the City. First, there is no more Eastern Division. That was revealed today at a press briefing [...]

Mexican Naval Vessel Runs Aground Near Blackadore Caye

Exactly two weeks after a Guatemalan gunboat ran aground in Belizean waters near Glovers Reef, another maritime vessel has beached in shallow waters south of Blackadore Caye.  This time, a [...]

PM on Beached Guatemalan Gun Boat

Last week, we tried to get an official comment on the assessment of damages cause by the Guatemalan gunboat, Tecum Uman, running on the reef near Middle Caye. That comment [...]

Trade Winds 2015 – Diving the Caribbean Sea

Phase Two of the annual Trade Winds exercise is underway in Belize, as officers with various armed forces from across the region are taking part in a series of drills [...]

Military Forces Converge on Belize for Trade Winds 2015

If you see increased military activity in your neck of the woods, don’t be alarmed. It is a well organized military training taking place. Personnel from the US, Mexico, Canada [...]

Guatemalan Vessel Had ‘Sovereign Immunity’

On Wednesday, Guatemalan gunboat GC-651, Tecum Uman, allegedly suffered mechanical difficulties and crashed into the reef just off Middle Caye in the Glover’s Reef system. By Saturday morning, it was [...]

Belizeans Detained in Santa Cruz…

The detention of five Belizeans in Guatemala, and the alleged abuse of those detainees, has resulted in a formal protest being forwarded to Guatemala. It’s an incredible story which started [...]

…Say They Were Terrorized by GAF….

Despite the worst fears of the detained men, they were not shot and left in that grassy pasture as they expected. Instead they were taken eight more kilometres where they [...]

….But Plead Guilty to Offences

McKenzie and his companions were taken back to the Police Station without being allowed to speak on their own behalf. They were first put into a cell with other Guatemalan [...]

Belize Issues Formal Query to Guatemala

As we told you earlier, a formal note has been sent to Guatemala through diplomatic channels, following the reports made by the men. According to Acting C.E.O. in the Ministry [...]

Guatemalan Coast Guard Vessel Remains Grounded Near Glovers Reef

Tonight, News Five can confirm that Guatemalan military vessel GC-651 is still high and dry, perched on the reef between Middle Caye and Long Caye in the Glover’s Reef system, [...]

Guatemalan Coast Guard Vessel Runs Aground Near Glovers Reef

What is a Guatemalan naval gunboat, unauthorized at that, doing in Belizean waters? That was the million dollar question after reports surfaced early this morning. Coming on the heels of an [...]

What Was It Doing In Belizean Waters Anyway?

According to C.E.O. Lovell, Mexican officials have confirmed that the Guatemalan coast guard vessel was indeed on its way to the small island town.  To allay concerns that may arise [...]

Coast Guard Officers Honored for Standing Ground Against Guatemalan Navy

A special ceremony was held earlier today to honor ten brave officers of the Belize National Coast Guard who were involved in a standoff with the Guatemalan navy. That confrontation [...]

Minister of National Security Commends Bravery Displayed by Coast Guard Unit

Present for the occasion was Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, who commended the officers for their bravery in the face of adversity.   John Saldivar, Minister of National Security [...]

Vice Commander Elton Bennett Says Coast Guard Stood Its Ground Against Guatemalan Navy

The Belize National Coast Guard and the Guatemalan Navy were involved in a lengthy standoff on the Sarstoon Island last Thursday. Information has been provided about the incident by the [...]

Coast Guard Personnel Extracted from Sarstoon Island Following Lengthy Standoff

As we said, there seem to be varying accounts of the directive given to the coastguard unit by the Ministry of National Security.  Vice Commander Bennett categorically maintains that the [...]

Elrington Confirms that Sarstoon Island is in Belize

This morning, we asked the Foreign Minister of Belize about the location of the island from where the coastguard was extracted. According to Wilfred Elrington, he got a situation report [...]

Did Guatemalan Navy Provoke Confrontation with Coast Guard?

William Neal, this morning, pressed Foreign Minister Elrington if the Guatemalan navy acted in provocation since it was well within Belizean waters.   William Neal, Host “So, when ordinary Belizean [...]

Helicopters Were Just Passing Through; No Need for Alarm

Just after twelve noon today, four helicopters heard and seen flying relatively low in Belizean airspace. We have since learnt that the aircrafts are from North Carolina, U.S.A. and had [...]

Standoff On the Sarstoon: Belize Coastguard versus Guatemalan Navy

There is tension tonight following a twenty-six hour stand-off between a Coast Guard Patrol and Guatemalan naval personnel in two vessels near the mouth of the Sarstoon ended at midday [...]

C.E.O. of National Security George Lovell Comments on Confrontation

The Coast Guard patrol was in that area conducting reconnaissance with a view to possibly constructing a Forward Operating Base there. So while this specific situation was defused, what happens [...]

Is There Really Confusion About Maritime Border?

This latest incident where, for clarity, the Guatemalan military suddenly seems unsure of where the maritime borders lie, comes on the heels of comments from Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. In [...]

U.S. Issues Advisory in Cayo District Following Double Murder in Teakettle

It didn’t make it in the news on Thursday, but the U.S Embassy did send out a release issuing condolences to Paul Signorino and Julian Jones, the two American nationals [...]

Did Guatemalan Poachers Kill Belize’s National Animal?

And from milpas to wild animals- the pressures inside the Chiquibul are numerous. And the FCD has been working tirelessly to put a stop or to mitigate in some cases. [...]