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Still Time for Sarstoon Protocol Before 2016 Ends?

The last we spoke with Minister Elrington, he made it clear that communication with his counterpart in Guatemala, Carlos Raul Morales, was non-existent and that things relating to the territorial [...]

Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework Officially Launched in Belize

Today, the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework was officially launched following the signing of the agreement between the Government of Belize and the United Nations. The five-year program links the national [...]

Taiwanese Ambassador Charles Liu Visits News Five, Talks About Projects

In early November, Ambassador Benjamin Ho of Taiwan completed his mission in Belize. Within days, his successor arrived in country in the name of Charles Liu.  Liu is a senior [...]

Ambassador Liu Pledges More Help in Education

Taiwan has been a generous partner making significant contributions to Belize in areas of education, infrastructure, agriculture and culture. Ambassador Liu says that the many programs already in place will [...]

Chile Donates to Help Farmers Afflicted by Hurricane Earl

There was some boost to the bilateral relations between Belize and Chile. On Monday in Belmopan, Minister of National Emergency Management Edmond Castro received a donation of one hundred thousand [...]

Action on Special Agreement Not “Appeasing” Guatemala, Says Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has been soundly criticized by many, including the Opposition, for the handling of the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. A recent motion by the Government of Belize to [...]

Export slump highlights Belize’s economic woes

Earlier this week we reported on the significant drop in employment and thousands are now jobless even as prices go up as the economy remains in recession. Figures released recently [...]

Tributes to Fidel Castro Continue; in Belize, a Call for Ending U.S. Embargo on Cuba

The memorial to late President of the Cuban Republic, Fidel Castro, with the attendance of world leaders took place on Tuesday night in Havana. Today, Castro’s remains arrived in the [...]

Fidel Castro: Remembering the Man and the Leader

A memorial attended by world leaders to reflect on the life and death of celebrated Cuban leader Fidel Castro is taking place at this time in Havana, Cuba. Deputy Prime [...]

Elian Gonzalez and Others Pay Tribute in Havana

Ahead of this evening’s memorial ceremony, millions of Cubans have been paying their respects to Fidel Castro where his body lies in state in Havana. World leaders have also been [...]

The Legendary Fidel Castro Dead at 90; Cuban Ambassador Speaks of Legacy

Comandante Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution in the 1950’s, who became the longest-serving leader with unbroken service in the Americas, died late Friday at the age of ninety. [...]

P.M. Leads Fidel Condolences; D.P.M. and Foreign Minister Attend Havana Tribute

Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow has penned official condolences to the President of Cuba, Raul Castro Ruz, on the passing of his brother, Comandante Fidel Castro. World leaders will [...]

Referendum Act Will Be Amended for Fifty Plus One Majority

The Barrow Administration has agreed to reduce the referendum threshold from sixty percent to fifty percent plus one, by amending the existing Referendum Act.  That decision comes ahead of a [...]

Amended Special Agreement to be Ratified; Simultaneous Referenda for I.C.J. Scrapped

In respect of the Special Agreement known as the Compromis, Elrington admits that while both countries were bound to that accord, it was quickly realized that simultaneous referenda would not [...]

No Protocol for Sarstoon – Yet

Central to the ongoing tension between Belize and Guatemala is the Sarstoon River.  For many years, Belizeans have freely traversed the southernmost waterway, enjoying unimpeded access to abundant resources found [...]

Belizeans Can Travel on Sarstoon – But Check In with F.O.B. First

According to Elrington, Belizeans are free to travel the length of the Sarstoon River without hindrance from the Guatemalan military.  Checking in with local authorities at the Forward Operating Base [...]

Coast Guard to Support B.D.F. in Sarstoon

In the last few weeks we told you about some incidents involving the Guatemalan Armed Forces and different local organizations. The B.D.F. were stopped not so long ago and it [...]

B.D.F. Commander Addresses Sarstoon Situation; No Protocol in Place

Every time Belizeans travel up the Sarstoon River, they are told by the Guatemalan Armed Forces to “Respecte el Protocolo.” But is there a protocol that Belizeans must follow to [...]

Military Relationship Warm Compared to Political Deep Freeze

Recently, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington indicated that he has been unable to engage Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Carlos Raul Morales in any discussion. The breakdown in communication has [...]

Ernesto Vasquez Tells Of Run-In With Guat Navy; G.O.B. Tight-Lipped on SATIIM Intervention

The Guatemalan Armed Forces continue to operate freely in the area of the Sarstoon River, within Belizean territory. Ernesto Vasquez, who works out of the office of the Prime Minister [...]

Without Guatemala, Can Belize Hold on to Sarstoon?

Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington appears to have thrown his hands up in the air in relation to getting a Sarstoon Protocol, admitting that he has been unable to [...]

“Sedi” Elrington Still Waiting for Guatemala to Agree on Sarstoon Protocol

The Sarstoon Protocol; it’s been several months since the governments of Belize and Guatemala discussed formalizing a proposed set of guidelines that would govern access to the southernmost reach of [...]

U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno’s Term Drawing to Close

The election of a new United States president now means that Ambassador Carlos Moreno’s term of office in Belize is winding down.  President Barack Obama officially demits office on January [...]

Video Emerges of Latest Confrontation Between Belize and Guatemala Forces in Sarstoon

Despite assurances that Belizeans and the B.D.F. can freely traverse the Sarstoon, News Five has obtained a video of another, more recent confrontation in the river between a Guatemalan gunboat [...]

B.D.F. Commander Suggests It Was ‘a Misunderstanding’

That incident occurred on the same day when a group of Belizean fishermen were held briefly by a Guatemalan coastal patrol vessel. The fishermen were fishing in the Gulf of [...]