Sarstoon River
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Sarstoon River
Sarstoon River
Rio Sarstun- Guatemala.jpg
Native nameRío Sarstún  (Spanish)
CountriesBelize and Guatemala
Physical characteristics
 • locationGuatemala
 • location
Caribbean Sea
 • coordinates
15°53?51?N 88°54?49?W / 15.8976°N 88.9137°W / 15.8976; -88.9137 (Mouth of the Sarstoon River)Coordinates: 15°53?51?N 88°54?49?W / 15.8976°N 88.9137°W / 15.8976; -88.9137 (Mouth of the Sarstoon River)
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length111 km

The Sarstoon River (Spanish: Río Sarstún) is a Central American river that forms part of the international border between Belize and Guatemala.

The river's source lies in Guatemala's Alta Verapaz Department. It flows eastward, serving as the border between the departments of Petén and Izabal before passing between Belize's Toledo District (to the north) and Guatemala's Izabal Department (to the south) on its way to the Caribbean Sea. Near its mouth lies Sarstoon Island, in Belizean territory.

The Sarstoon is the internationally accepted southern border between Belize and Guatemala, although as part of the Belizean-Guatemalan territorial dispute since 1999 Guatemala has claimed Belizean territory south of the Sibun River.[1]

On 15 April 2019, the river was the site of a border incident between Guatemala and Belize, when three Guatemalan gun-boats manned by armed soldiers prevented the Belizean coast guard from patrolling the river.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Lauterpacht, Elihu; Stephen Schwebel; Shabtai Rosenne; Francisco Orrego Vicuña (November 2001). "Legal Opinion on Guatemala's Territorial Claim to Belize" (PDF). p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Guatemalan navy gunboats block Belize Coast Guard from accessing the Sarstoon river". Retrieved 2019.

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