In light of the age-old territorial, insular and maritime dispute between Belize and neighbouring country Guatemala, we have reported on numerous cases involving confrontations along the Sarstoon River as members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces have remained determined on just about every occasion to outrightly deny Belizeans access to freely traverse the Sarstoon. Though major international meetings have been held in an effort to formulate a protocol so as assist in minimizing those conflicts, today no such protocol has been formally established.

And while the Government has stated that the work towards the building of confidence measures is still ongoing, yesterday during a press conference held in Belize City, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceno urged the Government to remain adamant in reaching the agreement.

JBHonorable John Briceno – Leader of Opposition for the People’s United Party

“We call on the government to keep insisting that Guatemala agree to a modus-evendi as it relates to the Sarstoon.”

While concerns of illegal farming activities in the south have also been raised following recent reports made by villagers of Otoxha… indicating that several areas have been cleared by farmers from across the border, Briceno also made a call to GOB to investigate the matter and destroy any illicit activities discovered along the path.

Honorable John Briceno – Leader of Opposition for the People’s United Party

“We are even more concern over reports of illegal farming by Guatemala on our side of the border in the areas of Dolores and Otoxha, the chairman of Otoxha has made a report and I call on the government to send in the BDF to investigate and proceed without hesitation to dismantle any illegal farms or crops in accordance with Annex B of the frame work agreement on Confidence Building Measures, it is our responsibility to exercise our full territorial integrity over our land, now it’s not the time for us to be turning a blind eye to any illegal activity along our borders with Guatemala.”

Viewers may recall that last week, the Ministry of National Security announced via a press release that it had deployed BDF soldiers in the said area to investigate such reports of incursions.

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