Belize. Powerful protests erupted in April after the government declared that the state monopoly on telecommunications services would end. Employees at state telecommunications company Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) went on strike demanding a 37.5% stake in the company. By sabotaging a fiber optic cable, the country was cut off from the outside world during the weekend April 23-24. Military was deployed against protesters in Belize City, which only led to further unrest when teachers and students demonstrated a week later.
According to countryaah, Belmopan is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Belize. Foreign Minister Assad Shoman met in July with his Guatemalan colleague Jorge Briz for talks on the border conflict between the countries. Regular meetings were agreed every month under the supervision of the American cooperative organization OAS, and if the issue cannot be resolved, international mediation must be resorted to. The talks took place in good diplomatic tone, but Guatemala does not seem to have backed down from its basic territorial requirements, which now encompasses 12,000 square miles of Belize’s territory compared to the previous 23,000.