PUP says GOB response on Sarstoon Caye Incident “feeble”

The People’s United Party says it condemns what it calls a “feeble response” by the Barrow Administration to the armed incursion into Belizean territory by the Guatemalan Armed Forces on Thursday May 28, 2015. A release sent today says that the conflicting accounts of the events given by the government are further cause for concern. Particularly so since, reportedly, no less than the Prime Minister ordered the withdrawal of the members of the Belize Coast Guard from the Sarstoon Island, an island well inside Belize’s borders. The declared mission, which was to conduct an overt reconnaissance patrol, does not in the normal course require Prime Ministerial approval to come to an end. The release says,  The PUP therefore rejects the account given by the Belize Coast Guard that the mission had been completed and that that was what prompted their “extraction”. The PUP calls on the Prime Minister to: 1. Immediately explain to the Belizean people why he ordered the withdrawal of the Belize Coast Guard from Belizean territory in the face of such overt acts of aggression by Guatemala. 2. Immediately cause a temporary observation post to be established on the Sarstoon Island to be manned by both the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force until such time that a permanent Forward Operating Base for the Belize Coast Guard can be established. 3. Urgently make the necessary strategic investments in Belize’s national security apparatus to ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize.

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