A dispute at the border with Guatemala has occurred because Belizean troops shot and killed a Guatemalan man near the border. Each side says the man was killed on its side of the border, and Belizean authorities say the incident occurred on an illegal marijuana plantation. The border area was the site of hostilities for decades before Guatemala recognized Belize, a former British colony, in 1991. Consult local officials for risks if traveling near or across the border here.