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Sep 19, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Says BTV is “Reckless and Irresponsible”

While the government is protesting the GAF, Elrington also spoke about the actions of the Belize Territorial Volunteers. He says that for the BTV to take citizens to the Sarstoon without following protocol to notify the B.D.F is not only reckless but also irresponsible. He says that BTV puts women and children at risk and questions the group’s motives. The minister told the media that he loses sleep when Belizeans go to the Sarstoon without military support.


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Personally, I think the activities are perverse. I cannot conceive how you know that if you take innocent females and children on the river you are likely to collide with the Guatemalans. The Guatemalans have had a terrible history of killing their own people. During the seventies and eighties they have killed over three hundred thousand of their own people in civil war – terrible civil war – so they are battle hardened. To my mind it is reckless; it is irresponsible for anybody to take children and people in an area where you know you are likely to come in contact with them. And then we have a protocol you know – we established a protocol to secure them. When they go in they are to notify the military that they are going up the river so that they can give you the little measure of support that we can offer. They don’t do that. They seem to sneak by them as if it is a deadly game they are playing, but it is a deadly game. It is like a child playing with matches in a dry forest. The fire goes off and you can’t end it and it burns up everybody in the process. That is why we are so concerned about. That is what concerns people like me; I can’t sleep in the night because I am worried. What happens if in fact they start a conflict down there between the B.D.F. and the Guatemalans?”

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