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Canada Makes Contribution to Belize Defenses

Posted by Grand Baymen on Dec 6, 2013 4:59:04 AM
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Belize has enjoyed a prosperous and supportive relationship with Canada for some time, and it’s now been revealed that the nation is to provide Belize with $1.2 million to aid the Belize Defense Forces (BDF).  Stuart Savage, Canadian High Commissioner to Belize, met with George Lovell, Belize’s Chief Executive Officer for National Security, to witness and oversee the delivery of vital equipment.  These tools will be used to bolster’s Belize’s defense forces and ensure better security for the nation in the months and years ahead.

For those living in Belize, it’s important to see ongoing support and positive relationships with other countries, particularly those in the Western world.  The latest donation was made possible via Canada’s Department of National Defense, which has an Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program.  This provided the means to direct vital tools towards Belize so that the nation is better equipped to react to possible safety threats.  The equipment will also provide the BDF with a way to crack down on criminal activities.

Talking of the donation, High Commissioner Savage said that Canada was extremely pleased it could contribute towards Belize’s growing capacity to combat international organized crime. “Canada will continue to work with Belize and our other Central American partners to help strengthen security institutions and increase capacity to respond to immediate security threats in our hemisphere,” he said.  Meanwhile, Commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), Brigadier General Denis Thompson, said they were continuing to work with international partners to fulfill the Canadian government’s initiatives.  “By assisting our partners in increasing their capabilities to combat crime domestically, there will be a direct impact on the security of North America.  Our partnership in Belize has been positive and mutually beneficial,” he said.

The latest donation is part of Canada’s initiative to improve security in Belize and across Central America.  The scheme was first announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in April last year when he was attending the Colombia-based “Summit of the Americas.”  It is hoped that defense and security across the region can be improved, helping to reduce organized crime and future threats not only to individual nations, such as Belize, but the entire hemisphere as a whole.  For all those living in Belize, the news will be greatly welcomed.

 

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