Last week, we told you about the recent incursion by Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) into Belizean territory in the Chiquibul National Forest Reserve. The incident reportedly saw members of the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) come under fire from Guatemalan civilians, who later called for back up from the GAF. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has since said very little on the incident and to some extent have tried to downplay the altercation. The FCD said in a release last week that they are calling on GOB to lodge a strong protest to the Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei through the proper channels with the international community. Today, Love News asked Minister of Public Service, Henry Charles Usher if the matter has been brought up in Cabinet.
Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service, Constitutional Reform and Political Reform: “Well we have not had a Cabinet meeting in the last couple weeks, the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday so I believe that incident happened subsequent to the last Cabinet meeting and I’m sure it will be brought up next Tuesday. It’s a very volatile situation. We have to monitor it. We have to make sure that we defend our territorial sovereignty, we have to defend our border, we have to be able to show the world that we intend to make sure that our borders are protected and defended completely.”