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Jun 14, 2016

Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute at 46th O.A.S. General Assembly

Carlos Raul Morales

Earlier we told you about the terse diplomatic note sent by Guatemala to Belize, rejecting the notion that there is free access to the Sarstoon by Belizeans. While that diplomatic note in which Guatemalan chastises Belize has just been leaked, at the Forty-sixth Regular Session of the O.A.S. General Assembly in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Foreign Minister of Belize spoke niceties about the Guatemalan Foreign Minister and said that both countries have excellent relations. Carlos Raul Morales spoke on a number of issues, including the widespread corruption in his country and at the very end, mentioned the border dispute with Belize. He spoke of the need for financing the O.A.S. Office at the Adjacency Zone and his government’s commitment to go to the ICJ. That appeal comes ahead of the next round of negotiation which is scheduled for June twenty-first. Here are excerpts from both foreign ministers’ presentations.


Carlos Raul Morales, Foreign Minister, Guatemala

“I would like to emphasize the role that the organization has played in the insular and maritime dispute we have with Belize. The O.A.S., with the financial assistance from the international community, maintains an important office in the adjacency zone between the two countries, promoting peace, culture and confidence between people of both countries and governments. And recently, it has helped us develop local economic projects in the communities along the adjacency zone. Guatemala and Belize have reaffirmed their commitment to resolve their dispute in a definitive manner at the ICJ. It is necessary to have public consultations in both countries and in this process, the participation of the organization is vital until the dispute is finally resolved.”


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Foreign Minister, Belize

“Thank you Mister Deputy Secretary General and thank you Mister Secretary General—I hadn’t seen you just now—for the tremendous support that the O.A.S. is giving to this process. And for your own, Mister Secretary General, particular interest in putting it to the forefront of the work of the O.A.S.  Actually, I like to think that we have recorded signal process in Guatemala. The Canciller of Guatemala and myself are having excellent relationship; we are resolved to work together—both to see that this matter is resolved successfully art the ICJ at the quickest time and to ensure that between now and then, there is peace between the people of Belize and Guatemala. We are both of the view that only benefits can come from a peaceful, harmonious relationship between our two countries and we undertake that we will continue to do all in our power to bring to a speedy conclusion this century’s old dispute.”

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1 Response for “Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute at 46th O.A.S. General Assembly”

  1. Steve says:

    Belize’s diplomats are either fools or sell-outs!! They are promoting going to the ICJ along with Guatemala. The Belizean people have not spoken in a referendum as yet. Where is the independence of Belize as granted by the United Nations? Why has the Belizean government not sought the intervention of the UN Security Council? The UDP politicians are destroying all that George Price, the father of Belize, has worked so had and intelligently for!

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