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Mar 15, 2016

What’s the Progress of the F.O.B. at Sarstoon River?

In the aftermath of the standoff in the Sarstoon between the B.D.F. and the Guatemalan Armed Forces, much has been said about the tense relationship between both militaries.  The National Security Council met on Monday to discuss details of the incident, as well as the way forward. But what about the progress of the construction of the forward operating base?  According to Minister of National Security John Saldivar, the joint military base at the banks of the Sarstoon is scheduled to be completed by mid-April, notwithstanding the heightened situation at the southern border.


Isani Cayetano

“Can you give us an update on the progress of the construction of the Forward Operating Base at Sarstoon?”


John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“I believe we’re still on target to complete sometime in the middle of April and so I am looking forward to returning there for the inauguration of that facility.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now there have been those who criticize the wooden construction of this facility as inferior considering that it’s a military installation that is being placed at the mouth of the Sarstoon.  Your response as to why wood and not concrete?”


John Saldivar

John Saldivar

“I am not too sure that I will buy into the argument that concrete is always better than wood.  But I left that to the experts, I left that to B.D.F. and the coastguard to determine what was the best option at this time given the monies that we had to allocate to it and I am satisfied that they have come up with a proper design.  Most of our other facilities in the jungle are similarly designed and they have been working well.  So I see no reason to worry about whether it was concrete or wood, I trust the experts at B.D.F. and coastguard that this will serve our purpose.”



“Now originally it was projected that it would be completed by April, do you anticipate that there will be any setbacks given the heightened level of activity at that location?”


John Saldivar

“No I don’t.  I’ve been assured by my general that it will be ready by the  middle of April.”

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1 Response for “What’s the Progress of the F.O.B. at Sarstoon River?”

  1. Moses Benguche says:

    You all have denied me the opportunity to post warnings on this site of an ominous consequence of agitating for physical military response to the ongoing Belize Guatemala dispute over our southern territory. I say again, without naming any individual or organization, “unu di play with fire”. Diplomacy, regional and world pressure is the only way to solve this dispute. We don’t have a chance in hell to successfully defend ourselves militarily. It’s better to win over your enemies with love than with aggression especially when you don’t have the biggest gun. The agitators know this. So why do they continue down this ominous aggressive path. I love my country; I was born and raised in PG. I have relatives and friends on both sides of the border. We trade and travel with each other daily; have been doing this for years, long before roads to the rest of the country when the Heron H was our only once a week contact with the capital. There has never been such a heightened level of animosity until some individuals deviated from the country’s diplomatic process. I have a deep suspicion that some people may have their own agenda and motivation in stirring the pot, and perhaps may in fact be double agents. “Caveat emptor!!!”.

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