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Belize Protests as Guat Soldiers Nab Fellow Citizen in our Territory

More details of an arrest made by Guatemalan soldiers in Belizean territory are emerging, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that they were not approached for assistance. The [...]

Belize to Address Key Treaty Obligations

This afternoon there was a closing ceremony for a three-day Treaty Body Capacity Building Program for state officials which began on Tuesday. Later this year, Belize is internationally obliged to [...]

Foreign Affairs to Meet with Civil Society

Participants received their certificates from C.E.O. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pat Andrews, who stood in for Minister Wilfred Elrington. He told News Five that the government is taking [...]

Guat Soldiers Make Detention in Belize but Did They Have Authority?

In foreign affairs news, there are sketchy details about an apparent incursion by Guatemalan soldiers into Belizean territory. The question tonight is what authority they had to act. In this [...]

Nigeria’s Representative to Belize Touts Relationship

Janet Olisa was one of three ambassadors who presented her credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young on Monday in Belmopan. She is the appointed High Commissioner of Nigeria to [...]

African Giants Extend Helping Hand

Also, part of Olisa’s duties will be to minister to the growing Nigerian community in Belize which ranges from nurses in the hospitals to sculptor Stephen Okeke. She told News [...]

Guat Reporter Was Just Doing His Job

In mid-January, a Guatemalan reporter with Prensa Libre, Rigoberto Escobar, entered into Belize from the western border and claimed he was confronted by the police within the adjacency zone also [...]

Will Belize Pursue Canadian Jordan Bacchus for Murder?

Canadian fugitive Jordan Bacchus was arrested for drug possession in Sudbury, Canada; he will also be charged for armed robbery and other crimes in Toronto recently. But will he be [...]

New Ambassador Knows Belize Well; Guat Foreign Minister Planning Visit?

We reported last week that Guatemala has finally sent its Ambassador to Belize in the person of career diplomat Georges De La Roche Du Ronzet. His appointment comes almost two [...]

P.U.P. Recalls Stuart Leslie from Referendum; Alexis Rosado Still in Charge

While there is a new Guatemalan ambassador, another is departing the Belize Foreign Ministry. Today, Elrington confirmed that Ambassador Stuart Leslie is no longer a part of the Referendum Unit [...]

International Community Supports I.C.J. – What Says Belize

At a recent special session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., convened to report on the Peace Fund, as many as thirteen nations [...]

MoFA Did Not Order Toledo Maya Survey

According to Elrington, the United Nations Development Programme, U.N.D.P., is also on board, providing funding to assist in the referendum process which is to take place after the a re-registration [...]

I.C.J. the Only Way, Red or Blue

The resolution of the territorial dispute has been the number one foreign policy issue for successive governments of Belize.  The people, however, are yet to decide at a referendum on [...]

Taiwanese Make Donation for Police Equipment

The government of Taiwan has made a significant contribution to assist in the fight against one of the worst problems facing the nation. A million dollars was handed over to [...]

New Guat Ambassador Comes to Belize

A new Guatemalan ambassador has taken up residence in Belize, almost two years after his predecessor Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas was abruptly recalled.  Roldan returned to a new post as [...]

P.U.P. Says Keep Calm: No Belize Referendum this Year

As you heard earlier the P.U.P. is demanding a greater say in the education campaign on the Belize-Guatemala issue. But as to taking a formal position on the coming referendum [...]

U.S. Makes Latest Donation of Equipment to B.D.F., Coast Guard

The Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard received more than eight hundred and fifty-thousand dollars in drug fighting equipment and training packages. The US Embassy handed over the [...]

Guatemala Electoral Body Produces Booklet on Referendum Process

Guatemalans head to the polls on April fifteenth to decide on the following question: Do you agree that any legal claim by Guatemala against Belize on continental inland territories and [...]

MLA Charges G.O.B. Getting Personal Information During House-to-House Referendum Campaign in South

Is the matter of the age-old territorial dispute with Guatemala and a pending referendum to determine whether the unfounded claim should be taken before the International Court of Justice, being [...]

MLA Urges to Keep Politics Out of Guatemala Dispute

Alcaldes, as well as traditional leaders, are being urged to rebuff any effort to politicize the territorial issue.  Despite acknowledging the importance of the campaign, Pablo Mis notes that it [...]

Maya Wanted Representation on Referendum; G.O.B. Says No Thanks

The concerns of the Maya community were presented to Prime Minister Barrow in writing in October of last year.  His response, according to MLA Program Coordinator, Pablo Mis, failed to [...]

Guatemala to send new envoy to Belize

On the diplomatic front…Belize has been without a resident ambassador from Guatemala since Manuel Estuardo Roldan was recalled to his Ministry for consultations. Relations were strained following the shooting death [...]

O.A.S. names Uruguayan lawyer/politico to guard adjacency zone

Uruguayan lawyer and politician Manuel Washington Abdala has been personally selected by O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Almagro to succeed Magdalena Talamas at the organization’s office at the Adjacency Zone.  Abdala [...]

Still no date for referendum; GOB wants money

While Guatemala is holding a referendum in April, a date for when Belizeans will go to the polls to decide on whether or not the matter of the age-old territorial [...]

Welcome Assad? Prominent diplomat seeks return for referendum duty

For some time there has been talk that the country’s former chief negotiator Assad Shoman would be returning to work for the Government on the process taking the Guatemalan claim [...]