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U.S. SouthCom Commander Visits Belize

On Thursday, the Commander of the United States Southern Command, Admiral Kurt Walter Tidd concluded a two-day visit to Belize with a tripartite meeting held with Brigadier General David Jones [...]

Commissioner Whylie does not believe Mason infiltrated upper echelon of Police

Accused murderer William Mason returns to court in the next few days, but he once boasted that he had a number of officers on his payroll, including members of the [...]

American Vessel Grounds on Belize Barrier Reef

A U.S. registered vessel was grounded on the barrier reef in the area of Hatchet Caye located east-northeast of Placencia over the weekend. Eight persons were onboard the civilian vessel: [...]

B.D.F. Commander Confirms Guatemalan Settlement in Chiquibul is No More

Today, Brigadier General David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defence Force, issued an update to last night’s report about a group of soldiers who went to verify that Guatemalan citizens [...]

Were B.D.F. Soldiers Fired On at Camp Valentin?

There is a report that the B.D.F. came under fire on Wednesday in the Chiquibul National Park approximately two hundred and fifty-nine meters east of the border. The shooting at [...]

Prime Minister Pleased With O.A.S. Report – But What Will Guatemala Say?

The Barrow Administration is reeling from scandal to scandal. Fresh off the Danny Mason saga interrupted by Hurricane Earl, the hustle of visas, nationalities and passports at the immigration department [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says He Knew it All Along – His Soldiers Did Not Kill Julio Alvarado

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it today officially received the independent report on the killing of Guatemala minor Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano. The report carries a chronology [...]

Patrol May Still Be Responsible For Teen’s Death

The O.A.S. investigation confirms that the incident occurred within the Adjacency Zone administered by Belize. On the twentieth of April, Julio Alvarado was killed and his father and brother were [...]

Border Tensions Eased Down After Guatemalans’ Mass Deployment

The international campaign that the Guatemalan government launched against the B.D.F. and Belize requires skilful diplomatic work to undo any eroding of Belize’s credibility.  Guatemala assumed the role of the [...]

General David Jones Says Dangers Remain in Chiquibul

When we caught up with B.D.F. Commander, Brigadier General David Jones, we also wanted to know about the state of affairs in the Chiquibul. According to Jones, the area where [...]

Jones Says It’s Time for Independent Investigation into Danny Conorquie’s Death

The Government of Belize supported an international independent investigation on the shooting death of the Guatemalan minor and four months later, the results showed the joint patrol of B.D.F. soldiers [...]

National Defence Strategy Discussed with Stakeholders

Protecting Belize from attack and other dangers remains a primary concern for the Ministry of Defense.  Today, various agencies within the national security apparatus came together to discuss what will [...]

Family of 7 from Fresh Pond Community Seeks Shelter

We headed over to the shelters in Burrell Boom where we spoke to a family of seven who left their home in the nearby Fresh Pond community seeking safety. Their [...]

B.D.F. General Says Troops Traverse the Sarstoon Unimpeded and Uninterrupted

And since we had the opportunity, we also asked about an issue which has been pushed to the backburner simply because there’s no more space on the front-burner. What’s the [...]

What’s the Latest at the Sarstoon?

With so many things happening on the news front, the situation at the Sarstoon has been pushed somewhat on the backburner. But from official indications, while public attention has been [...]

Have Illegal Guatemalan Fishers Gone Away?

Access to the Sarstoon was one major concern for Belizeans – another was the flagrant, brazen, unhindered illegal fishing not only on our side of the Sarstoon but all the [...]

Coast Guard Graduates One More SEAL Recruit

The training program for the SEALs of the Belize Coast Guard is one of the most intensive and rigorous. Many begin but only the fittest see the program to completion.  [...]

C.E.O. Lovell Says B.D.F. Did Not Interfere With Guat Civilians

The appearance of the militant civilians in the Sarstoon was also raised with C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security Retired Colonel George Lovell. He explained that the B.D.F. stationed [...]

No Room for Coast Guard at Sarstoon F.O.B.

The forward operating base at the estuary of the Sarstoon River was erected as a joint military installation to house Belize Defense Force and coast guard personnel. There was an [...]

Lack of Coast Guard Presence Gives Illegals Fishers Free Pass

The coastguard’s noticeable absence from the immediate vicinity of the Sarstoon River essentially leaves Guatemalan fisher folks free to operate in Belizean waters illegally.  Despite an initial presence in the [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says Military Changeover at Cadenas is Smooth Sailing

Where the B.D.F. is concerned, the changeover of personnel at the Cadenas Observation Post, using the Sarstoon River as ingress to the remote location, has been unhindered since early May.  [...]

GAF Stops News Five from Traversing Our Side of the Sarstoon

Can Belizeans go into the Sarstoon – at least on our side of the river? That’s been the million dollar question since our news team was stopped on May twenty-seventh. [...]

Joint Patrol Locates Guatemalan Settlement within Belize

There is another illegal Guatemalan settlement in Belizean territory near the border between the countries. That news came via release from the Ministry of National Security in the wake of [...]

Prensa Libre Claims Intimidation at the Adjacency Zone

Prensa Libre T.V. has been airing an amateur video in which it claims that Belizean police and border management personnel are intimidating Guatemalans from Melchor de Mencos along the Adjacency [...]

Patrick Faber Says Guatemalan Negotiators Cannot Be Trusted

On Friday News Five was stopped by Guatemalan military as we tried to enter the Sarstoon. They claimed that we were in their national waters. That claim is nothing new, [...]