There is no doubt that the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie is very much fresh in our minds and measures need to be taken to protect our security forces in the vulnerable areas encroached by Guatemalans. Yesterday in the House of Representatives the Government of Belize announced that some measures have been put in place to avoid history from repeating itself and to offer heighten security for our visitors to the site. Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca, called for justice and demanded some answers in his presentation to the house where he stated that heads of Government need to devise a unified strategy to combat the territorial unrest with the Guatemalans. Whereas the Minister of National Security John Saldivar provided answers to measures taken after a review of the situation was investigated.
Francis Fonseca– Leader of the Opposition
"The attack on Danny Conorquie Mr. Speaker is not only an attack on him and his family and the police community, but it is an attack on all Belizeans. An attack on our national sovereignty, an attack on our territorial integrity, it's an attack on our dignity as Belizeans citizens and the Belizean people expect that we respond to it accordingly. No effort should be spared. No stone left unturned Mr. Speaker, in investigating this crime and bringing these killers to justice. We expect and in fact we demand that the relevant Guatemalan authorities treat this matter as if on of their own security forces had been shot down and killed and do everything within their borders to find these cowardly killers."
John Saldivar– Minister of National Security
“Approval has now been given for the acquisition of two vehicles for the purpose of escorting visitors to Caracol. We are also reviewing the procedures to be applied when due to unforeseen circumstances the BDF is unable escort services. The review also revealed that 5 horses that were confiscated the previous day by a patrol in the area had been kept at the Caracol site up to the time of the incident. Though it cannot be confirm at this time, police strongly believe that the motive for the attack on Danny was retaliation for the confiscation of these horses because we believe that the presence of the horses was the motivation for the attack, a decision has been taken that with immediate effect the Caracol site will no longer be used for the housing or storage of any confiscated animals or items. The review has also revealed that the onsite security that was provide by the 2 Tourism Police officers, one now deceased and the 3 park rangers who had limited security training was generally inadequate, but especially inadequate when BDF escorts have left the site or for some other reason are not onsite. We have decided to increase the tourism patrol officers to 6 and to train in necessary weapons handling and security protocol which will be provided to these officers and the rangers working at the facility. A total of 12 additional tourism officers will be assign to the unit to ensure that 6 officers are always available at the site.”
Other measures put in place says Saldivar, is the deployment of permanent BDF personnel and specialized police men to the Caracol Site, the same in which currently exists in the Xunantunich Maya Site.
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