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Sep 2, 2015

Was Guatemalan Navy Really Tailing or Escorting BDF to Cadenas?

A smaller BTV contingent returned to Sarstoon Island this past Tuesday, where footage of what appeared to be a high-speed chase led by the Belize Defense Force was captured by the local media.  On their tail was a Guatemalan vessel in hot pursuit.  That video has raised numerous questions from the public as to whether the Guatemalans were indeed giving chase or simply escorting the B.D.F. to and from the border outpost at Cadenas.  Either way, it does not sit well with the ability to move freely within our territorial waters.


Isani Cayetano

“Last Tuesday, a delegation led by Wil Maheia, this would be the Belize Territorial Volunteers went into the area of Sarstoon Island once again and one of the glaring observations coming out of that trip was the fact that the Guatemalan naval vessel was seemingly in pursuit of the Belizean military as they were exiting and entering Sarstoon [River] en route to Cadenas.  It sort of gives us the impression that we’re not even allowed in our territorial waters, so to speak.  Your comments.”


Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander, B.D.F.

Brig. Gen. David Jones

“Okay.  When our vessels go into the mouth of the Sarstoon, as soon as they’ve passed the river, especially going out or going towards Cadenas, our vessel would pick up speed.  They are going at a rapid pace because it’s over an hour’s journey, sometimes it takes up to two hours to go there.  So we’re not going to move out there at a slow rate, we’re going to go pretty fast.  If the Guatemalans decide to follow our vessel they will have to do the same, they will have to go at a speed to follow us.  When we’re coming out of the Sarstoon, as soon as we leave the island and we’re heading back to Punta Gorda we would definitely be coming out at high speed because we want to get back to our base as quickly as possible.  And you would notice on the video that after we’ve reached a certain distance they just stopped and they went back on their way.  They were not chasing us.  Chasing us implies that we had done something wrong or we shouldn’t have been in there and they are trying to catch up with us to probably arrest us or something.  That’s not the case.  We normally come out of that place at high speed.  We go in and we come out at high speed for the most part.”

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3 Responses for “Was Guatemalan Navy Really Tailing or Escorting BDF to Cadenas?”

  1. Rod says:

    The excuses from this man and gov is pitiful he sounds like a kid asking the Guatemalans for permission to enter his own house he is pathetic.

  2. Uncle Benji says:

    As a kid attending Holy Redeemer Boys School in Belize City, there was the class bully, big and dumb who would chase the smaller, scrawny, weaker guys. One day I ran from fear, I ran up North Front Street all the way home (half mile distance) in 5 minutes. I was scared. I ran at high speed. People asked me about the bully and I said “he was not chasing me. Chasing implies that he wants to beat me up. I run to school, and I run home for the most part.”

    Get real ………… You are a wimp, so we have a wimpish BDF. Run baby run. The Guats are coming.

  3. El Chapo Guzman says:

    one wimp knows the other, run benji run.

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