There is no doubt that the recent confrontation on the Sarstoon River between Guatemalan Armed Forces and the Belize Defense Force will the main topic of discussion among various groups, political parties and households across the jewel for days.
As tension escalates Belize seeks assistance from International parties such as the US and the United Kingdom at the same time relying on the Organization of American States as intermediary in hope of setting protocols in place that will calm the waters at the Sarstoon. Yesterday we heard what the Opposition and the Belize Progressive Party had to say about the incident as they condemned the hostile and aggressive attitude by members of the GAF towards Belize’s security forces. Today the Vision Inspired by the People political party fired off a release where they are also expressing discontent about the way the Guatemalan Armed Forces reacted to the BDF’s presence at the Sarstoon. VIP states and we quote “It is abundantly clear that the Guatemalan Government is pursuing a path of military aggression and intimidation against Belize. Guatemala’s military aggression toward Belize is a clear violation of Guatemala’s obligations as a member of the United Nations.” end quote.
The VIP calls on Belize’s government to adopt a more proactive approach in dealing with Guatemala and urges government to internationally prosecute Guatemala’s aggression since such action, says the VIP….endangers civilian lives and threatens the peace and security in our region.
Viewers might recall that in an interview with the media yesterday on the issue Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicated that since the recent visits of the Belize Territorial Volunteers to the Sarstoon the BDF has seen an escalation in aggression towards them on behalf of the Guatemalan military.
But the VIP explicitly calls on the Prime Minister of Belize to refrain from blaming patriotic Belizeans, in particular the Territorial Volunteers, for Guatemala’s naked aggression. The party states and we quote “We say to our government that only if Belizeans are united and supported in protecting our territory will Belize prevail as an independent nation with all its territory intact. Belize is for Belizeans only when Belizeans are free to enjoy their constitutional rights which include free movement within Belizean Territory.”
The VIP also calls on Government to craft in detail and make public the essence of a strategy for containment and management of Guatemalan’s neo-colonial claim and states that the party is confident that the containment and management of Guatemala’s neo-colonial claim can be executed without risking Belizean Territory at the ICJ.
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