The rise in tension comes after the Belizean security forces killed a 13-year-old Guatemalan boy. The OAS has urged both countries to seek a peaceful solution.
The trial of two former soldiers is based on the testimony of indigenous women who say they were forced to visit a military base in “shifts” where they cooked, cleaned, and were regularly gang raped.
Morales won a landslide victory in elections last October thanks to his image as an outsider, but now a major new judicial effort to prosecute war crimes from the 1980s has highlighted his links to former military officers accused of atrocities.
Guatemala’s Attorney General Thelma Aldana said the arrests are related to massacres and forced disappearances in the 1980s during the height of the country's civil war that killed nearly 250,000 people.
Campaigning in the tiny Central American country has been marked by Guatemala's president-elect saying that he wants to give a new push to his country's claims to half of Belizean territory.
Jimmy Morales wins by a huge margin after running as an anti-corruption crusader, though some question whether he is really the political outsider he claims to be.
Candidate Jimmy Morales is a former TV comedian with little political experience and a manifesto that runs just six pages, but polls show he'll likely win the election as the country recovers from recent corruption scandal.
Jimmy Morales has become the runaway favourite to win elections on October 25 thanks to his image as a political outsider, but critics say his party is steeped in Guatemala's military past.
Hundreds of people are still missing after tons of earth, rock, and trees cascaded down from a hillside onto homes southeast of Guatemala City.
Jimmy Morales — a former comedian known for performing in blackface — received the largest majority of votes and will participate in a run-off with another candidate in October.
Guatemalans are headed to the polls to elect a new leader just three days after a scandal forced ex-president Otto Perez Molina to resign and landed him in jail.