Belize quietly formalizing Southern border crossing with Guatemala

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Posted:Saturday, March 4, 2017. 1:37 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize government is quietly establishing its presence at the Jalacte/Santa Cruz border crossing.

Jalacte is a village on Belize’s side of the border and Santa Cruz is on the Guatemalan side.

Villagers have long been traversing the area freely, ‘exporting’ agricultural products to Guatemala and importing consumer goods into Belize. Recently, though, Belize set up an “agricultural outreach station” that is managed by the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) with intent to support the export of agricultural goods, particularly cattle, into Guatemala.

Senior officers from the Immigration Department recently held a retreat in the Toledo district and visited the Jalacte/Santa Cruz border crossing. BBN understands that the Immigration and Customs department are discussing plans to make this area a formal border crossing.

However, according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, George Lovell, Government is not formalizing the border crossing as yet. Before that can be done he says there must be a mutual agreement between Belize and Guatemala.

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One Response to Belize quietly formalizing Southern border crossing with Guatemala

  1. Jorge Reply

    July 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Sorry guys but Belize IS NOT Guatemala and it is time for the Guatemaltecos to get a grip on reality and stop the sniping and nibbling away at the border , a border as it has been agreed to by Guatemala officially by past treaties that are still in effect. If you can not keep your breeding rates under control that is a problem to solve now in your country, don’t run this fantasy scheme that you need more land to feed your ever expanding population of poverty ridden peasants. Belize of course should also hope to limit population growth and limit destruction of jungles for the same reasons, to preserve the remaining vestiges of the Mayan Mts wilderness.
    Without common sense prevailing there will be armed conflict at the border zone soon enough

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