While the group awaits a response from GOB as it pertains to the behavior of the Guatemalan Military and their incursion in Belizean waters, they have heard from the National Security Council of Belize who was totally against the trip. While that position has not changed, the council issued a release yesterday afternoon after learning that all those that took par ton the expedition had arrived safe in Barranco Village.
The release states and we quote “The welfare of Belizean citizens, no matter what the circumstances, is always of paramount concern to the Council and the Government of Belize. Thus, nothing can take away from the Council's pleasure that no misadventure overtook the hundred plus Belizean men, women and children that journeyed to the Sarstoon.” End of quote.
And then came the hard punch. According to the NSC, they have received confirmation by the Organization of American States that four of the Belizean boats that approached the Sarstoon Island did so by transiting not just the north, but the south channel of the river.
Fortunately, says the NSC, the presence of the OAS and the diplomatic safety net that the Government of Belize had secured in collaboration with key allies as part of its contingency measures, succeeded in averting any major fallout from this no doubt inadvertent occurrence. Still, it causes the Council to reiterate the position it took on Friday: assertion and maintenance of sovereignty over the Sarstoon Island and our half of the river, is best left to the Belizean military and Belizean diplomats.
The Belize Territorial Volunteers have denied navigating Into Guatemalan waters during the trip.
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