Prime Minister Has Faith in Peaceful Resolution with Guatemala

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Updated: March 22, 2016

There have been several interviews done since the Sarstoon incident on Saturday, March 12.  We have heard from the country’s national team as well as the BDF Commander David Jones.  Over the weekend, we heard from the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow.  Prime Minister responded to a question based on whether there is disconnect in Guatemala between the Government officials and the military.  The question was based on the fact that the officials speak of wanting peace while the military’s actions contradict what the officials are saying.

DEAN BARROW

In a previous newscast, we also told you of a threat assessment report that was leaked out of the Belize Defense Force.  The document was dated in October 2015 and was addressed to the Chief Executive Officer for National Security, Retired Colonel George Lovell.  While Barrow says that he has not seen the document, he did say that it is in nobody’s interest to have the issue escalate any further and that there is an urgency for a protocol to be worked out.

DEAN BARROW

As it relates to the past behaviour of the Guatemalan Armed Forces, Prime Minister Barrow stated that going forward should focus on avoiding any further confrontations.

DEAN BARROW

According to Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington, discussions will continue over the Easter break as well to push for confidence building measures in the Sarstoon.