Screen_Shot_2015-12-09_at_8.01.09_PMThe requested for a Forward Operating Base to be constructed on the Sarstoon Island in southern Belize has been one of the highlights of this year. If one can recall the issue was widely debated on the media and even on social media.

It even brought about the rather infamous showdown on the Sarstoon River between the Belize Territorial Volunteers, and the Guatemalan Navy. The incident not only sparked outrage but also developed a fierce discussion country wide as to who the Sarstoon Island belongs to.

But as they say, after the storm comes the calm and while the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute will not wash away anytime soon, today we can say that the first step was made to construct the Forward Operating Base.

Early this morning a team of officials comprised of Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Hon. Frank Mena, Retired Colonel George Lovell, and the CEO in the Ministry of National Security along with other representatives headed to the Sarstoon Island for the ground breaking of the new Forward Operating Base.

The team was accompanied by members of the Belize Defence Force, Coast Guard, the media and two representatives from the Organization of American States.

The construction of the forward operating base should serve the purpose of increasing border security for our country in this southernmost area which borders Guatemala.

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