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A Firsthand Look at the B.D.F./Guatemalan Sarstoon Encounter in March

There was a double murder today in the west and we will come to that shortly, but events of national importance in the Sarstoon continue to dominate the news. Tonight, [...]

Sarstoon Trip Still A Go Despite Official Effort to Dissuade Territorial Volunteers

This afternoon, Ministry of Foreign Affairs C.E.O. Lawrence Sylvestre, with military leaders General David Jones and Admiral John Borland attempted to dissuade representatives of the Belize Territorial Volunteers from going [...]

NTV Won’t Accompany Southern Counterpart to Sarstoon

Today at the meeting the BTV was joined by representatives of the Northern Territorial Volunteers, headquartered in Orange Walk. The mandate of the NTV is to increase awareness of our [...]

De la Fuente Says BTV Provoking Guatemalans is Absurd

De la Fuente says that where the trip to the Sarstoon is concerned, any aggression from the Guatemalans will be a result of the weakness of government’s position now and [...]

NTV Won’t Accompany Southern Counterpart to Sarstoon

Today at the meeting the BTV was joined by representatives of the Northern Territorial Volunteers, headquartered in Orange Walk. The mandate of the NTV is to increase awareness of our [...]

De la Fuente’s Two Cents on Guatemala’s Anti-Belize PR Campaign

We also asked De la Fuente to weigh in on Guatemala’s obvious intent to wage a PR war against Belize. The incident in which Guatemalan minor Julio Alvarado Ruano was [...]

Indigenous Communities Affected by Guatemala’s High-handed Sarstoon Stance

The abrupt decision by Guatemala to exercise sovereignty over the Sarstoon River is an infraction which contravenes the rights of the indigenous communities of southern Belize.  Barranco, the southernmost village [...]

Threat to Torch Western Border Offices Explained

Following the shooting death of thirteen-year-old Julio Alvarado Ruano last Wednesday, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that the western and southern borders with Belize would be militarized.  As tensions built [...]

Commonwealth Secretary General Arrives in Belize

Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland is the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. She arrived today in Belize on a first visit since her assumption of the post. It is also her [...]

ACP Countries Support Resolution of Guatemalan Claim at ICJ

The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group known as the ACP was convened on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in Dakar, Senegal. Ambassador Dylan Vernon [...]

A High-level Meeting to Dissuade BTV from Upcoming Sarstoon Trek

Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers are unyielding in their goal to return to the Sarstoon on Saturday where they plan to commemorate the hundred and fifty-seventh anniversary of [...]

Guatemala’s Foreign Minister says BTV Expedition is an Act of Provocation

Tonight, however, the BTV remains undeterred to travel to the Sarstoon over which the Guatemalans are exerting sovereignty and have deployed additional troops in the area. The B.D.F. believes the [...]

Guatemala Will Complain to Inter-American Human Rights Court

The strategy of the government of Guatemala following the shooting of thirteen-year-old Julio Alvarado Ruano is two-fold. It wants an investigation and for those responsible to be taken to trial. [...]

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Says Crisis is not Over

On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow assured the nation that the crisis with Guatemala had been averted and that both he and President Jimmy Morales had agreed to de-escalate tensions [...]

O.A.S. Investigation into Shooting of B.D.F. Staff Sergeant Still Hasn’t Concluded

But back to Brigadier General David Jones…he said today that the investigation into the shooting of Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey remains ongoing, but unofficially, he’s been told that Lambey would [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says Rules of Engagement for Chiquibul Patrol Remains Intact

The rules of engagement for B.D.F. soldiers on patrol near the western and southern borders with Guatemala are a clear set of directives that each officer must follow.  They provide [...]

O.A.S. Confirms Investigation into Shooting Death of Guatemalan Minor

As we have reported, the Organization of American States has been the only organization to “repudiate” the death of the Guatemalan minor at the hands of the B.D.F. even before [...]

Guatemalan President Rejects Claim that Julio Alvarado was Shot in Self-Defense

In Guatemala City, La Nacion Newspaper is reporting a protest in front of the Belize Embassy by about two dozen protestors bearing placards with the names of ten Guatemalans that [...]

Guatemalan Parliamentarian Gets Hot Under the Collar in Congress

The death of thirteen year old Julio Alvarado Ruano was ventilated today in the Guatemalan Congress where the rhetoric went up notches. Congressman Oliviera Garcia claimed that Guatemalans have been [...]

PM Barrow Says that Guatemala Flew of the Handle Following Chiquibul Shooting

Following the incident in the Chiquibul, where a minor was shot and killed when the B.D.F. came under fire, Guatemala’s version of events went immediately viral, led by an inflammatory [...]

International Media Misses Key Aspect of Deadly Chiquibul Attack

Barrow says that in running away with Guatemala’s version of events, the international media seems to have missed a critical aspect of the incident – that the B.D.F. soldiers were [...]

What’s the Role of SouthCom in Belize/Guatemala Situation?

The Prime Minister explained that he understands that when the country is under threat people want immediate action, but the events of this past few days have underscored the importance [...]

A Crisis is Averted as Tensions De-escalate Between Belize and Guatemala

Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to Belize from New York on Sunday after holding discussions with the United Nations, the Organization of American States and others on the aggressive stand [...]

PM Barrow Maintains that B.D.F. Acted in Self-defense in Killing of Minor

The de-escalation of the tension, according to the PM, came despite the positions taking by both leaders – Morales seeking justice for the death of thirteen year old Julio Rene [...]

B.D.F. Commander Reveals Details of Chiquibul Ambush

While reports from Guatemala have spread like wildfire, along with condemnation of the B.D.F. at the highest levels of government, the incident is still under investigation by the O.A.S.  Guatemala’s [...]