islandFollowing GOB’s indication for plans to construct a forward operating base in the vicinity of the Sarstoon Island, the Guatemalan government has responded with much objection pointing to the agreement of May 28-29, stating that nothing should be done in the area until the territorial dispute has been settled by the International Court of Justice. Viewers may recall the encounter with Belizean Coast Guard personnel in the vicinity of Sarstoon Island, where the Belizeans had gone to scout the location for the construction of a forward operating base to help with Belize’s law and order. Today, the area continues to be a source of controversy. And while the construction of the base is currently on hold, Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington told News5 last night that he has “informally” brought the topic up to the Guatemalan officials in casual conversations in the past. Elrington is quoted to saying that he will bring the matter up next week in an OAS symposium that is scheduled in Guatemala.

Since Guatemala’s influence to halt the construction of the FOB, the Vision Inspired by the People, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize and the People’s National Party are demanding that the coast guard proceed with the construction of the base near the mouth of the Sarstoon River and the removal of Elrington as Foreign Affairs Minister.  To date, Elrington has stated on the record that despite the incidents, Belize and Guatemala maintain friendly relations.

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