The United Kingdom, and particularly the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), has long been regarded as a line of first defense for Belize, its former dependency. News of an up-tick in the number of British forces training in Belize over the next few years, reported last year, bolstered hopes that they will be available should Guatemala try to declare war. However, those hopes have taken a dive with a report this week that a British military attaché has been appointed for Guatemala, based out of Mexico. So now that the British appear to be working with Guatemala, should Belize be worried? Brigadier General David Jones of the Belize Defence Force assured reporters today that he is not worried at all
Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander, B.D.F.: I’m not concerned about the British having a defense attaché over in Guatemala because that’s diplomacy. Countries have diplomats and military attaches in different countries to extend their cooperation and military cooperation with as many countries as possible. It could actually serve as assistance for us that we have a British attaché there that we can have dialogue with him and exchange information with him so he could be a medium for us to express our concerns and views over in Guatemala so I don’t view it as a concern.