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Jul 18, 2013

Mexican fighter jets given permission to fly over Belize

Earlier this month, News Five reported on the presence of Mexican military planes in Belizean airspace. At the time there were persistent reports that on June thirtieth at least three planes with Mexican markings had flown as far down as Dangriga within Belizean territory. Lindsay Garbutt of the Department of Civil Aviation did not confirm or deny the presence of the airplanes. With no official comment forthcoming, the matter died a natural death. But today it was resurrected in a question directed to Minister of National Security John Saldivar on a political morning show on WAVE Radio. Saldivar confirmed the reports, saying the presence of the Mexican fighter jets was sanctioned.


Voice of: John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

John Saldivar

“My understanding of the incident, Cap, and I will say as little as possible while giving you a proper explanation, is that the Mexican authorities had requested permission to track an aircraft that they thought would have been entering Mexican airspace. They were given that permission and suffice to say that the aircraft that they were tracking made certain movements and caused the Mexican authorities to follow, not necessarily that aircraft but the ground transportation that they had used perhaps to offload their cargo and it was the Mexican plane that came into our territory with our full knowledge so that’s as much as I can say so it wasn’t an act of aggression. It was the Mexican authorities tracking some movements that came across our country and which they thought were going across into Mexican territory.”


Though Saldivar would not provide more information than that, he was likely referring to an operation involving narcotics being trafficked between Belize and Mexico.

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9 Responses for “Mexican fighter jets given permission to fly over Belize”

  1. Gone fishing says:

    good to hear the governments can work together.

    why did it take so long for GOB to admit this?
    simple, we authorized it, no secret, no invasion, no disrespect.

    more fumbling from GOB, Johnny come lately, pants undone.

  2. Al says:

    I do not believe that piece of this story. No country just give another permission to fly over their air space. First of all you have no real knowledge of what their true motive is, they can be mapping areal weakness in our defenses, should an invasion occurs, they know our borders and places good for entry.

    How could our government be so stupid. From the air the country is totally vulnerable to air attack. Stupid, stupid, do you think the Mexican government would give BDF or the British the ok to fly over their airspace, if you believe that I will sell you the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge.

  3. Belize land of the free says:

    Mexico is our best friends in C.A, and for the Mexican war planes to come over, it is OK, as one ex-BDF member they have our backs, Mexico is Friend and a good neighbor.

  4. May says:

    This shows how people different cultures perceive things differently. If this had happened in the United States my people would have perceived it as an assault upon our sovereignty as an independent nation. We would have been insulted and outraged that our government would allow this.

    It’s not wrong that people in different cultures perceive things differently. But it does show why people like Hillary Clinton should stay out of internal issues of cultures she really don’t understand. When she uses her power and our tax money to force LGBT issues upon the people of Belize she has no respect .for the difference of perceptions of the people of Belize and their culture and independence as a people.

    In a way what she and the US Federal government has done is instead a greater threat to the sovereignty of Belize.

  5. Gone fishing says:

    >no country …
    Al, have ever heard of NATO?

    >from the air …
    not only can they attack by air, they got tanks and logistics to back them up.
    it might be cheaper and quicker by ground troops.

    btw, you only own that bridge in your fantasies.
    get real, if you can.

  6. rob says:

    al ur a dummy, what aerial weakness do we have? do we even have an air force do defend belize? gotta be stupid.

  7. tom says:

    The article keeps talking about “fighter jets”. The provided picture is not of a jet, but a propeller-driven aircraft. (It is that funny looking thing on the front.) Let’s get the facts straight.

  8. Francisco says:

    May has a funny way of perceiving things, he says ” If this had happened in the United States my people would have perceived it as an assault upon our sovereignty as an independent nation”, yet no other country in the world assaults the sovereign airspace of other countries as his country, the U.S. Just a couple of years we, the citizens of Mexico, found out that the U.S. routinely flies it’s spy drones over Mexican territory, with the knowledge of the Mexican government, and it is presumed that the information gathered is shared. Some people need to stop watching Chuck Norris movies. As for Al, GET REAL Al!!! Since when does Mexico have a record of invading or wanting to invade neighboring countries or even of going to war with other countries. If Mexico wanted to invade a country like Belize all they have to do is buy a map or look at Google Earth. That’s ridiculous.

  9. Land of peice says:

    Actually you people are not from the government of Mexico or Belize so you don’t know why Belize let Mexico fly those planes it might just be for belizian defense.So don’t say nothing you guys don’t know

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