Ministry of Defence Cooperates with Belize Territorial Volunteers for Border Security

Ministry of Defence Cooperates with Belize Territorial Volunteers for Border Security

The Ministry of National Defence and Border Security has committed to cooperating with the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV). Following the BTV’s last trip to the Sarstoon River, where things got heated with the Guatemalan Armed Forces, the ministry reached out to its leader. The meeting focused on the BTV’s continued patrolling of the area and procedures to ensure the safety of its volunteers. Minister of National Defence and Border Security Florencio Marin Jr says the discussion also centered on tightening the south’s border security to prevent Guatemalan incursions. 

Florencio Marin Jr, Minister of National Defence: “As you know what we have explained to Mr. Mehia and the BTV that we believe in freedom of movement for Belizeans. So on no part of ours do we feel that they should be restricted or they should not go, that is a Belizean right. But we did emphasize to him that there is a safety concern. We’ve seen children going. For those of you who know the area, it is deep waters, it is muddy waters. So aside from being on the border, it is also waters that can be very tricky. That when you’re taking board civilians you need to have all the necessary precautions. So that was our biggest concern with him. And I believe Will fully accepted that from us, that yes he needs to take the proper precautions. And we told him cooperate with us and we will work together on it.”

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