Belize Rebukes Morales on video statement

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2016. 9:23 p.m. CST

Dean BarrowBy Aaron Humes: Working with great speed, the office of the Prime Minister this evening issued its second statement, this time rebutting the video statement by President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales which we reported on earlier.

After reiterating Belize’s history and tradition as a peace-loving country which respects international law and human rights, and insisting that our security forces and law enforcement would never deliberately attack civilians, especially minors, except in exercise of the right of self-defence, the release goes on to reiterate that the use of force is only as a last and justified resort, and adds that, quote, respect for life and rights must always include respect for the life and rights of Belizean law enforcement officials and security forces.Jimmy Moralez

In this case the BDF reports of the incident indicate that our patrol in Belizean national territory came under attack to which they responded in justifiable self-defence.

The Government also relies on support from Friends for Conservation and Development, some of whose members were in the patrol, and who the Government says confirmed that our patrol responded AFTER they were fired upon and in fear of their lives.

The Government cites the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie and the shooting of Sgt. Richard Lambey as evidence of, quote, a continued pattern of aggression by Guatemalan civilians engaged in illegal activities on Belize’s side of the Adjacency Zone.

It closes by reminding that both countries are committed to the 2005 Confidence Building Measures which obliges both Governments to act responsibly in word and indeed when dealing with any incident that may occur along the border, and says it will continue to follow these.

Directly addressing Morales, the release states, quote, In this regard, we find the statements made and position taken by President Morales to be unhelpful and inflammatory. The current amassing of Guatemalan troops in the border areas, including the Sarstoon River, only adds volatility to the tensions already created by illicit activities in these areas. End quote.

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2 Responses to Belize Rebukes Morales on video statement

  1. Noel J Reply

    April 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Ok, it’s sad to see a young teenager die. However, Belize is well ranked for free of press and liberty of its citizens Belize 36/180 vs. Guatemala 139/180. Go on Google and check world journalism. We desire to live in peace. My cousins still live in San Benito Peten, Guatemala & in Benque and Belize City. The Guatemalan government is abusive and the prensa libre is the voice of the Guatemalan elite. Look at Guatemalan Congress and see how many indigenous people are in Congress what a shame. Morales should visit Peten and see how poor his people are. Shame on him caz they got no land to farm on caz they belong to the mighty Guats. Peten is a world away from the capital. The Guatemalans KILLED Belizeans but refuse to acknowledge it. A country like Guatemala is have some racist and portray Belizeans like monkeys. I am glad my family moved to the Belizean side for every Citizen can get property land as a right,the same rights are not the same in Guatemala who killed 260,0000 of her indigenous citizens. Read Guatemala Nunca más written by a Roman Catholic bishop last two decades in Guatemala, who was killed three weeks after his publications in Guatemala. Guats commoners still don’t
    their soldiers up to this day! Leave Belize alone and focus on the the Guatemalan internal issues with thousands of child fleeing to the north of Southern US. Shame on a president who said Guatemala can offer cheaper labor to build trumps wall. My family on both sides want peace. Belize is better for freedom.

  2. Dr. Marvin Avila Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    El govierno de Guatemala debe resolver las problemas que tienen con los mayas. Los derechos de los mayas deben ser respectados en vez de ser tratados como animales. Muchos han muerto en el mano del govierno. Belice es libre. Nunca sera parte de Guatemala. Nosotros belicenos no tenemos miedo del gigante. David, con todo su tamano,es poderoso. Hay muchas maneras para ganar una guera. Estamos reconocidos internacionalmente. Creen los gobernantes de guatemala que son mas poderosos que los ingleses? Si!!! los ingleses no permitiran la destruccion de nuestro pais–lleno de paz y libertad. Trabajen ustedes para la libertad de los mayas y otros indigenas en Guatemala y nos dejen en paz!!!!!! Deben resolver su problema internas mientras nosotros belicenos sequimos con nuestra vida de PAZ!!!

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