Belize-Guatemala Tensions De-Escalating

Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow says Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has agreed to de-escalate tensions along the border between the countries.

Last Thursday, President Morales ordered 3,000 troops deployed to the border, following the killing of a 13-year-old Guatemalan boy by the Belize Defense Force, BDF.

The BDF says they acted in self defense after coming under fire by a group of Guatemalan civilians, during their patrol of the area.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the signing of the United Nations Climate Change Agreement in New York on Friday.

However, an official statement from the Guatemalan President does not address the reported agreement to de-escalate.

President Morales’s statement says only that there is goodwill between the countries, and expresses a willingness to work things out.

But Prime Minister Barrow insists the agreement was made, and Belizeans have no need to fear an invasion by the Guatemalan military.

Belize and Guatemala have had a long standing territorial dispute.

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