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Guatemalan Armed Forces: ‘Belizeans need permission to visit Sarstoon’

Posted: Friday, January 5, 2018. 8: 24 AM CST.

By BBN Staff:  Yesterday, Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and a group of athletes visited the Sarstoon Island.

According to reports from Wil Maheia, the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) intercepted and stopped them from visiting the island.

The GAF explained that they would escort the group to go around the island to see it but that they cannot go on the island since it is an area in dispute and it does not belong to Belize.

Readers will remember that in December of 2017, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington stated that Belizeans do not need to fear any encounters with the Guatemalan Armed forces when travelling to the Sarstoon.

Yesterday, officers of the Belize Coast Guard and the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base had to intervene so that the group would be allowed to enter the Sarstoon area.

Maheia told BBN that the Guatemalan Military intercepted them with fingers on their triggers and tried to prevent the group from going around the island, and since they insisted, the soldiers decided that they would escort them.

“We went around the island and the Belize Coast Guard came and when they came, the Guatemalan military backed off and we completed our journey around the island,” Maheia said.

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