Reports are that yesterday, the Belize Coast Guard was approached by a Guatemalan Navy Ship and asked to move out of the Sarstoon River. Viewers may recall that the Belize Coast Guard is building a command center in that area in southern Belize. When the BCG refused, we understand that the Guatemalan Navy Ship left, but a bigger ship returned seeking to expel the Coast Guard from what is Belizean territory. We have not been able to confirm the exact details of this stand-off but it comes in the wake of the signing of the amendments to the special agreement on the territorial dispute of both countries. Late this evening, the government of Belize sent a diplomatic note of protest to Guatemala following the incursion into Belize's territorial waters in Toledo by a Guatemalan Naval Patrol. Twice on Thursday morning, Guatemalan Navy Patrols confronted a Belize Coast Guard team that was working on Sarstoon Island well within Belize's territory and attempted to eject the Belizeans from the area. The Belizeans stood their ground and the incident is now the subject of the diplomatic note of protest sent from Belmopan to Guatemala City.
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