ICA-Belize Clarifies Belize-Guatemala Issue

We would like to take this opportunity to clarify  the  unfortunate incident which occurred at the Belize-Guatemala border, 68 miles west of Belize City.

It was confirmed that a 13-year old  Guatemalan minor was killed by Belize Defense Force patrol on Belize side of the border on April 20, 2016.  The incident is a result of frequent incursions by armed Guatemalan civilians crossing the adjacency line to conduct illicit activity in Belize’s territory.

Although the violence of these incursions have existed over the past 3 decades, this recent incident has played into the President of Guatemala’s strategy to garner international support to assume portions of Belize that are of interest to Guatemala.   In the wake of this incident, the Guatemalan President and military have purposely issued statements supported by pictures to insinuate an escalation between the two countries.   In the past  48 hours, Facebook and Twitter have been trending at alarming levels with reactions from both sides on the postings by the Guatemalan Military on their purported increased presence at the Border.

However, sources at the borders have confirmed that these postings are untrue.  There is no escalation at the borders by Belize or Guatemala.    The President of Guatemala and the Prime Minister of Belize are both In New York and are meeting with UN officials on the matter of the incident of April 20.  The Organization of American States is monitoring activity along the adjacency zone and is also conducting an investigation into the incident of April 20.

With the above details confirmed, ICA-Belize would like to assure all members of the ICAC and general public that the current situation will have no impact on travel safety and the safety of the delegates attending the  ICAC 34th Annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants to be held in Belize City, Belize during the period June 23 – 25, 2016.

We ask that you keep informed on matters concerning Belize through official social media outlets  such as Government of Belize Press Office https://www.facebook.com/GOBPressOffice/?fref=ts and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/icabelize/?fref=ts

We will keep you informed on any safety concern as they arise.

We are prepared to deliver an enjoyable and successful conference.

If you have any questions or concerns on the issue, please contact us at telephone +1-501-223-2455 or email secretariat@icab.bz

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