Yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was asked about that incident that occurred at the Western border where three uniformed Guatemalan soldiers walked right into the Belizean border area to question customs officials about an incident that happened earlier the day. Minister Elringon was asked if a diplomatic note of protest was sent. Here is how he responded.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington
We always do it it’s almost as a matter of form. I have seen notes that we have sent and I have seen the Guatemalans response to it so it’s a usual thing and we are required to do that ,we need to do that because we need to make it clear that we will not countenance any act which constitute in our view a violation of our own sovereignty and tutorial integrity so whenever that happens its almost automatic that as soon as the ministry of foreign affairs is aware of it is dealt with but it is not my understanding of what transpired was anything more than officials coming across some people from the military came across to as what had happened with the media .Partly the Guatemalans because they are involve in their own education process. The media I am told and you know how truthful it is ,but the media in Guatemala have volunteered their services they’re not charging the Guatemalan Government anything
they have volunteered their services to help to educate their country on the issues and to that extent they have been taking certain steps so that they found it necessary or desirable to come and actually make pictures of what exist at our border so that they could present that to their people .Our police man one of them was a little nervous when he saw that happening and he tried to stop the journalist rarely is doing the same job that you are doing trying to get information for the public it wasn’t more than that so we didn’t think that it was a matter for a law or more concern .