Ministry of Foreign Affairs speaks on BTV trip

Posted: Monday, February 29th, 2016. 8:48 p.m. CST

BTV picsBy Aaron Humes: As we reported on Saturday, a group of 14 led by the Belize Territorial Volunteers were prevented from traversing the Sarstoon River by Guatemalan military authorities.

This evening the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will, quote, “raise its concern with the Republic of Guatemala and the Organization of American States on this matter, and will continue to actively seek the adoption of confidence building measures for the area, pending a definitive resolution of the dispute arising from Guatemala’s claims.” It described Saturday’s engagement as representing “an increased state of alertness by the Guatemalan Armed Forces…”

But the Opposition People’s United Party wants more, as we hear from Eamon Courtenay, a member of the PUP’s recently established Belize-Guatemala Advisory Committee on those recommendations from the Opposition – Belize must begin taking the fight to Guatemala, calling them out on their mistaken belief that the entire Sarstoon belongs to them by right.

Courtenay also spoke to the actual violations committed by the Guatemalan military Saturday including straying deliberately into Belizean territory to stop the expeditioners.

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