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Apr 3, 2019

C.E.O. Enriquez on Sarstoon Incident: “Why Are We Surprised?”

On Tuesday, we showed you the encounter between a News Five team on an excursion in the Sarstoon and members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces. While the Belizean vessel and its passengers were quickly supported by the coastguard and B.D.F. to circle the Sarstoon Island, the GAF verbally expressing rights over the Sarstoon has enraged many Belizeans. Today, we asked the C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security about his take on the telling footage in which three GAF gunboats are seen trailing closely behind our team. Felix Enriquez says he doesn’t understand why we are surprised and Belizeans must move past it.


Felix Enriquez

Felix Enriquez, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“I watched it on news last night and I had gotten a report on Monday evening; as a matter of fact, Isani called me. I had already known what had happened. The Guatemalan armed forces that are based down there did their usual routine that of following any vessel that visits. Our guys approached them and explained to them that our people have free passage just as they do. And as far as I know, they were made to pass through as everybody else was.”


Duane Moody

“We are going into this referendum next week; it is about security—you said it yourself. It is concerning.”


Felix Enriquez

“And sir, I would think it is precisely why we are going to referendum; the area is under dispute. I am still not certain why we are surprised when the same thing happens over and over and whenever it happens we are still surprise. And it is the reason why we need to move past it.”

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  1. Jose says:

    Pure nonsense from the MNS CEO…seems he is voicing and siding with the Guatemalans…Please fire him!!!!

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