Citizens Organized for Liberty thru Action (COLA) expressed its dismay over what it calls the “the continued and unchecked aggression shown by Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF)”. In a press release issued Wednesday March 16, COLA says it “…denounces any attempt by the Government of Belize (GOB) to insinuate that these tensions are as a result by the actions of the Belize Territorial Volunteers [BTV]. The BTV has only exposed bare the reality of the situation on the ground, unlike the continued docile and passive approach taken by the GOB.” COLA says while it appears GOB has finally seen the gravity of the situation, they seem to be reluctant to verbalize it internationally . The release continues in saying that “In yesterday’s meeting at the OAS Belize’s offices, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has once again failed to describe the reality on the ground that we have increase tensions and that the situation has become volatile. Pretending as if this is not so will only set the stage for an inevitable, and further, increase in violence. Furthermore, reports are that in yesterday’s meeting Minister Elrington stated that Belize is prepared to change the referendum threshold from a 60% to a simple majority. This only indicates Belize’s willingness to appease Guatemala rather than taking a stand of “Manhood” and displaying the will of a sovereign nation.” Cola suggests that Belize place an embargo on Guatemalan imports and internationalize the matter by communicating with CARICOM counterparts and Commonwealth nations to seek similar actions. COLA also suggests that Belize should stop issuing Belizean citizenship to Guatemalans until the border issue has been resolved in full.