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Mar 2, 2015

National Security and Foreign Affairs Officials Debrief Boat Captain and Passengers

George Lovell

As we told you, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Security conducted a debriefing exercise with certain members of the expedition right after arrival on Belizean land. National Security C.E.O., Colonel George Lovell, told News Five that the objective of the exercise is to establish the facts, an opportunity to get first-hand information, since before that point even government officials and the O.A.S. had only gotten second-hand information. After speaking to Captain Avila and several passengers, Lovell says that there is cause for some concern.


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“There are a number of things that were said that I am very concerned about, and we will definitely as a government have to take up those concerns with our Guatemalan counterparts. I don’t want to go into the details simply because there are confidence-building measures which speak to protocol which we must follow when we address these things, and so I need to first of all brief the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Security and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on what we have gathered here today, and once we have gone through those concerns that I have just listening to the various statements made by those who experienced this ordeal out there, I will discuss those details and then there are certain actions we will have to take going forward.”



“What we are being told is that when the Guatemalans detained the Belizeans they were in Belizean waters. Is that your understanding?”


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell

“I have a similar understanding, Mike, and that is why I am very concerned. And that’s the reason why we will have to look at the whole confidence-building measures, and we will have to look at what next we will do as a government as we go forward. Again I will not be able to discuss what it is that we intend to do and how we intend to do so. All I can say to suffice our public is that there are confidence-building measures and processes that we need to follow. We intend to follow those so that we can get the best possible outcome of this particular event.”


According to Lovell, they will now get in touch with their Guatemalan counterparts to conduct a joint verification exercise to determine where exactly the alleged infraction and detention occurred.

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2 Responses for “National Security and Foreign Affairs Officials Debrief Boat Captain and Passengers”

  1. CEO says:

    Where the hell is the PM and the Minister? They seem to have no concept of the seriousness of this matter!

    This is serious enough that they should have spoken out against this already! This is not a matter for the PS or CEO or what ever the hell he is called now!

  2. Francis B. says:

    This is outrageous. We can not allow Guatemala to arresting us in our own waters. I would me mad, upset, angry like what someone commented that was on the trip. The Belizean government needs stand up its citizens and make it known that what Guatemala did is wrong. What the heck is “confidence-building measures ?” The action of Guatemala in this situation surely does not display confidence building measures.

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