Guatemalan and OAS officials dispatched to Guatemalan village to deescalate tensions

On the heels of the murder of special constable Danny Conorquie, a group of armed Guatemalan’s accosted a Belizean construction site near the border.

Since the death of Mr Conorquie there has been a recent spike of activity at the border.

As we’ve reported,  on Tuesday last week, two hundred Belizeans travelled to Benque Veijo Del Carmen in protest of the heinous act and the way the Government was handling the situation.

vlcsnap-2014-10-07-07h12m10s20vlcsnap-2014-10-07-07h11m47s30On Thursday October 2nd, the Caracol Tour Guide Association took to the National Assembly steps in Belmopan, demanding an increased presence of special security personnel in the area.

Then on Friday, a group of protestors made their way in front of the Guatemalan Embassy and conveyed their outrage by waving posters and ‘egging’ the Guatemalan Embassy.

On that same day,  we received information of a Guatemalan incursion in Valentin Camp, an area in the Chinquibol Forest, well within Belizean territory.  As we reported, a group of Guatemalan Nationals, some armed with rifles, shotguns and machetes, entered the area in Valentin Camp where the Government of Belize is constructing a conservation camp. Reports are that the group of about 3 dozen Guatemalans communicated that their intentions were to destroy the outpost being built but retreated to the forest after several verbal exchanges with Belize’s military.

The Ministry of National Security concurred with these reports through a press release and added that the Ministry of Foreign affairs has since communicated the Government’s outrage to the Guatemalan Government, at this blatant armed incursion into Belizean soil.

Both Guatemala and OAS officials have been dispatched to the Guatemalan village in an attempt to de-escalate tensions in an area known for lawless behaviour.

The Guatemalan Government has been asked to do everything within its power to dissuade its civilians from further incursions, as the Belize military will carry out its mandate to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Government of Belize assures that every diplomatic effort will be used to ensure that the international community is aware of the aggressions by Guatemalan civilians, in the event that the Belize military resorts to using force. More military personnel have been dispatched to the area and construction of the Valentin Conservation Post as well as two other posts will resume as planned, says the GOB.

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