BELIZE AND GUATEMALA SIGN AGREEMENT ON NEGOTIATION FRAMEWORK AND CONFIDENCE MEASURES


The parties signed the agreement in a ceremony at OAS headquarters, with the understanding that it does not constitute a total or partial waiver of rights or claims, and the governments of Belize and Guatemala undertake to respect and to implement, with the assistance of the OAS, a series of measures on a negotiating framework and confidence-building measures.

Minister Shoman hailed this “important moment in the ongoing attempts by Guatemala and Belize to finally and honorably resolve a long-standing territorial dispute between the two countries.” Stating that neither country wants this dispute, Shoman recalled “important”. attempts in the past in particular to settle the dispute. Today’s signing provides for meetings or negotiation sessions at least 45 days apart, with the accompaniment of the OAS Secretary General or his representative. “It is really not good for Guatemala, for Belize and for the countries of the Americas that such a dispute continues into the 21st century.

Minister Briz welcomed this step, noting that with the goodwill and involvement of the OAS Secretary General, “we will work together to advance the projects, because the fraternal countries can cooperate to understand how two nations can work together not only to solve specific problems, but also pursue the progress and well-being of their citizens.


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