National Security Council no major incident reported on Sunday’s expedition

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Updated: August 17, 2015

Yesterday the National Security Council of Belize expressed its satisfaction that the expedition ended without major incident. The release from the NSC says the welfare of Belizean citizens, no matter what the circumstances, is always of paramount concern to the Council and the Government of Belize. It goes on to say there is confirmation by the Organization of American States (OAS) that four of the Belizean boats that approached the Sarstoon island did so by transiting not just the north, but the south channel of the river. Fortunately, the presence of the OAS and the diplomatic safety net that the Government of Belize had secured in collaboration with key allies as part of its contingency measures, succeeded in averting any major fallout from this, no doubt inadvertent occurrence”. The National Security Council reiterated the position it took on Friday, assertion and maintenance of sovereignty over the Sarstoon Island and our half of the river, is best left to the Belizean military and Belizean diplomats.