Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) in the south have expressed concerns over the incursions by Guatemalans in Belize’s territory. In a release sent out today, the group is calling on the authorities to stop the intrusions. The release notes, quote, “The BTV is limited in their ability to effectively protect our waters and land from invasions and environmental abuse from Guatemalan Citizens, which are much too common.” End of quote. Incidentally, Prime Minister Briceno returned from Guatemala last Thursday after meeting with President Alejandro Giammattei. Among the issues discussed was this very matter of incursions on Belize’s territory. Prime Minister Briceno says that they have come to an agreed strategy to address this concern.
The release comes after a recent analysis conducted by the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) that shows that the one-kilometer width along Belize’s border is “heavily compromised”. FCD’s report also noted that Guatemalan human activity has been building up in the adjacency evidenced by the amount of cattle ranching and milpa farming within the deforested areas in the Chiquibul national park and Caracol Archaeology reserve.