By Dalila Ical:Guatemalan President Jimmy Moralez has issued a statement following reports of a Guatemalan minor being shot and killed by a BDF soldier.
Moralez has declared that he intends to heighten and employ strict protection of Guatemala’s sovereignty in the Sarstoon area and along the Adjacency Zone to ensure that the BDF no longer abuses the territory and population of Guatemala. He claimed that Guatemala has displayed “good faith” in finding a peaceful resolution to the Belize-Guatemala Dispute but said the position doesn’t seem to be supported by Belize given the recent events.
In the recording, Moralez asks what threat could a child have on Belize’s sovereignty and demanded that the person or persons responsible for the death of the child be arrested and face the law.
He also stated that they have reported the matter to international human right organizations as a violation of human right against Guatemalan minors and requested that the organizations investigate “this cowardly act by the Belize Defense Force.”
Furthermore, he has decided to call in the Guatemalan Ambassador in Belize for consultations until the matter is addressed by the Belizean Government.
In the report, Moralez says that the child who died was 13-years-old and is still in the hands of Belizean authorities. Julio Rene Alvarado was allegedly shot along with his brother 11-year-old Carlos Alberto Alvarado and father, 48-year-old Carlos Alfredo Alvarado Ramirez.
There has not been any report as to what may have led to the shooting.