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Sep 4, 2019

No GAF interruption on the Sarstoon on Monday!

On Monday our news team travelled along with a group to Graham Creek. The journey took them on the Sarstoon and then onto Graham Creek by boat. But, as has been established, locals are encouraged to report to the B.D.F base where they record names and other particulars for persons who wish travel beyond the base on the Sarstoon. Our team and the others followed that protocol and while they got a quick glimpse of one of the GAF’s vessel from a distance, the GAF didn’t follow the group. The team travelled on a boat owned by Dennis Garbutt. He is a businessman whose business conducts charter trips and other tourism related activities off the coast of Punta Gorda. Garbutt is also the U.DP.’s standard bearer for the Toledo East. He says he is all for the protocol and it worked in their favour on Monday.


Dennis Garbutt, UDP Standard Bearer, Toledo East

Dennis Garbut

“We had a beautiful boat ride, uninterrupted by the Guatemalans. I think with everything else we have rules and we have laws. They have their set. They have their views and we have ours. That is why I am so proud of my country that we are ending up in the courts to settle this dispute once and for all. But today we were accompanied by the military through protocols, through process. We stopped at that station and we requested the assistance of the military not because we are afraid but there are processes and there is protocol.”


Andrea Polanco

“Some people may feel like, man, this is our territory and we have to tell people when we the go in and go out?”

Dennis Garbutt

“The way I see it is this, you book into a hotel you write your form and your name. I wonder why? That is democracy. It is; it comes with rules. If you book a tour with me and I am taking you out to an island then I write down your name and emergency contact. It is only process. I don’t see anything wrong with following process.”


Andrea Polanco

“But if we go to Dangriga we don’t have to do that or to Cayo..?”

Dennis Garbutt

“I agree with that and if I come to Sarstoon I don’t have to do that but if the system has it that we need to stop at the base; I could reach as far as Sarstoon mouth and turn around and go back dah PG and nuh do anything. But if I pass at the base the protocol says stop and tell deh who you. I think that is only fair.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you think Belizeans shouldn’t have any problems once they follow that – you don’t anticipate any problems?”


Dennis Garbutt

“I am proof of this. You are proof of this. We didn’t have any problems. We followed the protocol and everything worked just fine and dandy.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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