Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CONFRONTATIONS IN THE CHIQUIBUL NATIONAL PARK- BELIZE

PRESS RELEASE

Incident within the Chiquibul National Park

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize received reports
on 30th January, 2012 of incidents in the Chiquibul National Park that involved
confrontations between a patrol unit and Guatemalan nationals on Saturday
28th January, 2012. It is reported that during a Joint Forces Operation involving
the Belize Defence Force, the Police, Forest Officers, and Immigration a cross-
fire occurred in Belizean territory and that some Guatemalan nationals suffered
injuries, with one possibly being fatally injured.

The details of the incidents are yet to be established. However, the Police
Department has taken command of the investigation an the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has formally requested the OAS office in the Adjacency Zone to assist in
the investigation.

The Government of Belize wishes to express its regret for any injury or loss of life
that may have occurred, and offers its deepest sympathies to the families of those
affected by these incidents.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Belmopan


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