By Breaking Belize News Staff: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration Eamon Courtenay, in his address at the 78th Session of the United Nations, called out Guatemala for the recent incident in the Sarstoon involving Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF).
“As Belize and Guatemala continue to pursue the peaceful, just and final resolution of Guatemala’s claim to Belizean territory before the International Court of Justice Illegal incursions by Guatemalans continue. Recently, Guatemalan military forces illegally entered Belizean waters and unlawfully removed Belizean flags placed on Belizean soil,” Minister Courtenay said in his address.
“Deforestation, cattle ranching, and cultivation of illegal drugs by Guatemalans continue in remote and protected areas of Belize. These activities are contrary to international law and good neighbourliness. Concluding a Sarstoon protocol to avoid unnecessary incidents in our southern and maritime space remains outstanding but necessary,” he continued.
On September 21, the BTV made its annual flag planting visit to the Sarstoon Island and GAF removed the flags planted by the BTV.
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