Guatemalan Soldier Captured in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Officers of the Belize Defence Force detained a Guatemalan soldier in Belize on Monday, though he entered into the country illegally, he will not be charged for it. Instead, he will be escorted to the Belize/Guatemala border, where he will be allowed to leave freely because of a cooperation agreement between the BDF and the Guatemalan Armed Forces.

 A BDF patrol in operation in the Rio Blanco area at the Belize Guatemala Border caught the soldier and 3 other civilians about 250 meters, or about 1 tenth of a mile, in Belizean territory. The 3 civilians were released and allowed to leave, but the soldier was escorted out of the Rio Blanco area, where he was in detention at Camp Belizario in the Cayo District.

 General David Jones, the Commander of BDF, made contact with the Guatemalan Commander and briefed him of the encounter. As per a new cooperation in good faith between both armed forces, the soldier will be escorted out of the country at the Benque Viejo/Melchor Border point, where he will be allowed to leave.

 This new cooperation seeks to improve the relationship between the armed forces of both countries where if it happens that soldiers from both sides stray into the other’s territory, that it can be resolved without incident.