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#512373 - 03/14/16 04:59 AM Incident Between Belizean, Guatemalan Forces at Sarstoo  
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The Government of Belize confirms that a confrontation between Belize Security Forces and Guatemalan Armed Forces occurred late evening of Saturday, March 12th, at the Sarstoon in the area of Belize's Forward Operating Base. The GAF approached the FOB, though they never actually attempted to come on to our land, and behaved in an extremely hostile and threatening manner, insisting that our troops should not be at the Sarstoon. The Belize Forces stood their ground and after some time the GAF withdrew. In the intervening period the BDF Commander General Jones had spoken to an opposite member in Guatemala and Prime Minister Dean Barrow had sent a message to President Jimmy Morales.

Despite the ultimately peaceful end to the standoff it is clear that tension with Guatemala over the Sarstoon and Belize's insistence on its sovereignty rights in accordance with the 1859 Treaty Demarcation of the river, is at an all-time high. Talks are to take place in Washington on Tuesday, March 15th, between the two sides under the auspices of the OAS, and in the meantime Belize has informed key members of the international community, including the US and the UK, of the extremely critical situation.

A strongly worded protest note is being sent to Guatemala by the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister has convened a special meeting of the National Security Council for Monday, March 14th to further deal with the matter.

It is to be noted that the Belize delegation to the Washington talks includes Assad Shoman as the representative of the Opposition, and that the Prime Minister has personally briefed Opposition Leader John Briceno on the Sarstoon incident.

Government of Belize Press Office with Wil Maheia


#512396 - 03/15/16 04:55 AM Re: Incident Between Belizean, Guatemalan Forces at Sarstoo [Re: Marty]  
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Guatemalans say putting their troops on Belizean soil is justified until they hear otherwise from the ICJ.

Noticias de Interés

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores con relación al comunicado de Prensa emitido por la Oficina de Prensa del Gobierno de Belice con de fecha 13 de marzo de 2016, en el que se hace mención a un incidente ocurrido en la tarde del día sábado 12 de marzo en la desembocadura del río Sarstún, hace saber:

  • El día viernes 11 de marzo, una embarcación de las Fuerzas de Defensa de Belice, sin seguir el protocolo de seguridad que habitualmente se utiliza en el río Sarstún (statu quo), ingresó en aguas interiores de Guatemala en el río mencionado y navegó por la ribera sur del mismo.
  • El día sábado 12 de marzo se estableció contacto radial con la embarcación de las Fuerzas de Defensa de Belice, para indicar a los tripulantes que debían seguir los protocolos de seguridad habitualmente utilizados en el río Sarstún (statu quo), y se les informó que en su travesía, habían cortado un trasmallo propiedad de un ciudadano guatemalteco residente de la localidad, comunicación que fue respondida con insultos por parte de los tripulantes de la nave beliceña.
  • En ningún momento hubo provocación alguna por parte de las autoridades guatemaltecas hacia los tripulantes de la embarcación beliceña, y lo que se solicitó fue seguir los protocolos de seguridad habitualmente utilizados en el río Sarstún (statu quo).

Por tal motivo, este Ministerio considera que es falso que se afirme que los oficiales guatemaltecos se comportaron en una manera “extremadamente hostil y amenazadora” cuando lo único que se buscó fue solicitar a los tripulantes de la nave beliceña que siguieran los protocolos de seguridad habitualmente utilizados en el río Sarstún (statu quo).

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores reafirma una vez más, que el Río Sarstún es de Guatemala, por lo que hasta que el diferendo territorial, insular y marítimo existente entre ambos países no sea resuelto en definitiva por la Corte Internacional de Justicia, el Gobierno de la República continuará ejerciendo y defendiendo su soberanía como lo ha hecho hasta ahora.

Source



Examining Recent Aggression in Sarstoon Region


#512470 - 03/18/16 04:59 AM Re: Incident Between Belizean, Guatemalan Forces at Sarstoo [Re: Marty]  
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Guatemala y Belice intercambian acusaciones por diferendo
The Guatemalan version... Las autoridades de Guatemala y Belice intercambiaron acusaciones por la incursión de una embarcación militar del país caribeño en un río en la frontera no demarcada entre ambos países, que mantienen un añejo litigio territorial. El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Guatemala aseguró que el pasado viernes una embarcación militar de Belice ingresó al territorio guatemalteco por el río Sarstún, sin seguir el protocolo establecido. Un día después, las autoridades guatemaltecas establecieron contacto radial con la embarcación beliceña para pedirle que siguiera los protocolos de seguridad y reclamarle que había cortado redes de pescar de un ciudadano guatemalteco. Según la nota oficial, la “comunicación fue respondida con insultos por parte de los tripulantes de la nave beliceña”. En un comunicado, el gobierno de Belice afirmó que se registró “un enfrentamiento” entre las fuerzas de seguridad de ambos países el sábado por la noche en territorio beliceño.


#512493 - 03/19/16 05:31 AM Re: Incident Between Belizean, Guatemalan Forces at Sarstoo [Re: Marty]  
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CARICOM Issues Release in Support of Belize on Sarstoon Fiasco

Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs appears unsure about what happened in the Sarstoon on Saturday, and maintains that Guatemala is being mature, and its behavior impeccable. But interestingly, CARICOM does not share that opinion.

In a very strong release issued today from the Secretariat in Guyana, CARICOM expresses grave concern over the incident, and states, “The Guatemalan Armed Forces entered Belizean internal waters and acted in an intimidating manner towards the Belizean forces at their Forward Operating Base on Belize’s mainland at the mouth of the Sarstoon River.” CARICOM supports Belize’s position that the border is the mid-channel of the Sarstoon and added that it, “deeply regrets any actions of the GAF which violate the sovereignty of Belize and attempt to change the status quo prior to the submission of the Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory to the International Court of Justice in accordance with the Special Agreement ratified by both parties.”

In closing, CARICOM reiterates its strong and unequivocal support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belize and calls on the government of Guatemala to agree to confidence building measures to ensure peace and stability along its southern border with Guatemala.


#513195 - 04/20/16 04:10 AM Re: Incident Between Belizean, Guatemalan Forces at Sarstoo [Re: Marty]  
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Guatemala Rejects Sarstoon Peace Protocol



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