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Apr 8, 2016

Is There Cause for Concern at Caracol Following BDF Shooting in Chiquibul?

Another incident that has stirred tensions is the shooting of B.D.F. Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey in the area of Valentin Camp inside the Chiquibul Forest. The safety of soldiers and F.C.D. rangers along the western border is being called to question since the attack on Lambey took place well within Belizean territory.  The incident also poses a serious risk to the safety of tourists visiting the Caracol Archaeological Site since it is within the geographic area in question. The Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia says there is a need to re-enforce security in the area.



“Can you give us a reaction, as the Minister of Tourism, on the shooting of Staff Sergeant Lambey in the Valentin area since that is very close to the archaeological site itself, Caracol Site, which NICH is responsible for?  The concern is that if they attack the Valentin Camp, who’s to say that another attack cannot happen on the site itself?”


Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism

Manuel Heredia

“Well, in that particular section we are working together with the Ministry of National Security and other ministries to make sure that we can do something that will at least reinforce the security, reinforce the safety of the area.  And as you’ve heard in the STP 2 there is part of those funding that will be invested in that area to make sure that our BDF or the rangers that are around there are more safe and can be better protected.”

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