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Ministry of National Security issues statement on Belizean flag removed from Sarstoon Island

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 5:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of National Security issued a statement minutes ago confirming that it is aware of an incident that occurred this morning at the Sarstoon Island.

According to the statement, this morning, a group of Belizeans led by  Nancy Marin of the Belize People’s Front (BPF) visited the Sarstoon Island.

The patrol at the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base (FOB) reported to The Ministry that the BPF informed that their intention was to go around the island and to plant a flag.

 They were advised by the Patrol Commander that due to the sensitivity of the area and for safety reasons, that they would be escorted around the island but they were discouraged from planting a flag on the Sarstoon Island.

The Patrol Commander further reported that after the group had gone around the island and the escorting patrol was returning to the FOB, the visitors’ vessel returned hurriedly to the island and planted the Belizean flag.

At this point, a Guatemalan Armed Forces vessel, which had followed them earlier without interference, then proceeded to the island, removed the Belizean flag, and handed it back to the Belizean visitors.

The Ministry notes that on occasions where Guatemalans would place Guatemalan flags on the Sarstoon Island, the Belizean Patrol removed them as well.

 

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