Guatemala condemns teen'south killing in Belize border incident

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 6:24 AM

President Jimmy Morales called it a "cowardly and excessive attack" that merits the "total condemnation of the Guatemalan state." He said he'd summoned his ambassador to Belize for consultations and urged Belize to inquire into and bring those responsible to justice.

Guatemala condemns teen'south killing in Belize border incident

Guatemala on Thursday protested the killing of a 13-year-old boy in a border-shooting incident involving Belizean soldiers, the latest flashpoint in a long territorial dispute between the Central American neighbors.

President Jimmy Morales called it a "cowardly and excessive attack" that merits the "total condemnation of the Guatemalan state." He said he'd summoned his ambassador to Belize for consultations and urged Belize to inquire into and bring those responsible to justice.

Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow disputed Morales' version of events, saying in a statement that his country "has a long history and tradition as a peace-loving country, respectful of international law (and) human rights."

Guatemalan authorities said teenager Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano, his father and his 11-year-old brother were attacked Wednesday as they planted crops in the community of San Jose Las Flores close Melchor de Mencos, which is on the border between the dept of Peten and Belize.

Belize'south government said in a statement that according to initial reports, its security forces were investigating illegal land clearing in the Cebada area of the Chiquibul National Park in western Belize when they detained a Guatemalan man suspected of illicit activities.

It said the patrol came below fire around nightfall and shot back in self-defense. Before leaving the location just interior Belizean territory, the soldiers found the boy'south body, which was taken to Belize City for an autopsy, the statement said.

The detained man, identified as Jose Maria Antonio Reyes, was handed over to police and was awaiting arraignment on unspecified charges.

Belize expressed regret over the boy'south death and said it's requested assistance from the Organization of American States to set up the facts of the shooting.

Guatemala and Belize, a former British colony, have a territorial dispute that dates back more than one hundred fifty years. Guatemala recognized Belizean independence in one thousand nine hundred ninety-first but still claims parts of the country'south territory as its own.

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