As mentioned last night the Government of Belize sent a strongly worded protest note to Guatemala condemning the hostile action by its military in the Sarstoon. The Guatemalans responded to the protest note denying the BDF’s account of what occurred late Saturday evening near the Forward Operating Base.
The Guatemalans deny behaving in an extremely hostile and threatening manner. While the P.M related to the media the Guatemalans side of the story, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Guatemala, via a press release issued late yesterday evening, told the tale of the Guatemalan Military. Basically they reiterate what the P.M said when it comes to their version of what took place on Saturday evening, that they did not act in a hostile manner and that at no time was there any provocation by the Guatemalan authorities towards the BDF and that all the Guatemalan Army was looking for was for the crew of the Belizean vessel to follow the security protocol usually followed in the Sarstoon River.
At the end of the release Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirms once more that Sarstoon River belongs to Guatemala and until the territorial, insular and maritime dispute existing between the two countries is resolved by the International Court of Justice, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala will continue to exercise and defend their sovereignty as it has done so far.
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