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Dec 22, 2016

G.O.B.: Guatemala Fishing Law Doesn’t Count

Late this evening, the Belize Press Office issued a release responding to the Guatemalan Fisheries Regulations, a story that the media broke on Wednesday. The release goes on to state, “The Government of Belize wishes to remind the general public that the maritime spaces of Belize are established by the Maritime Areas Act of Belize which is wholly in accordance with international law.    Recent reports in the media have referred to purported fishing zones claimed by Guatemala under its domestic legislation and regulations of 2002 and 2005.  The Government of Belize points out that the Administration in office in Belize at the time of the promulgation of the legislation and regulations by Guatemala must have been unaware of their existence. Otherwise, that previous Administration would surely have protested the flagrant violation of International Law and Belize’s maritime sovereignty, which the regulations constituted. In any event the present Administration makes clear that there can be no validity to, or international or Belizean recognition of, any law or regulation in Guatemala or any other country that purports to infringe on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belize. Government further clarifies that nothing has ever been done by Guatemala, at time of passage and certainly not now, to seek to apply any zoning or administration regulation to Belize’s internal and territorial sea or Exclusive Economic Zone. Nevertheless, Belize absolutely repudiates any and all aspects of the Guatemalan legislation and regulations that, even if only on paper, attempt to interfere with our territorial integrity. Moreover, such attempts are completely rejected by, and invalid under, International Law.”

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3 Responses for “G.O.B.: Guatemala Fishing Law Doesn’t Count”

  1. lucas says:

    Mr. Barrow, even if only in paper, this Guatemalan act is considered as a DECLARATION OF WAR, On the part of Guatemala against Belize. We the Belizean people demand that you call an urgent meeting with the UN Security council, with the OAS Security Council, NAM Security Council, The Commonwealth Security Council and condemn Guatemala and demand their retraction in all these International Forums and arm the Belizean people and prepare for war.

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    Entre Belice y Guatemala no existen fronteras, van a existir fronteras hasta que la CIJ, resuelva la reclamación territorial de Guatemala. De conformidad con el artículo 5 del tratado de 1786, a los cortadores de madera o sea a los leñadores de Belice, tienen libertad de carenar sus naves mercantes y pesca para su subsistencia en el triangulo comprendido a 8 leguas de distancia del Río Wallis o Belice, a 7 leguas de Cayo Casina o Cayo San Jorge y 3 leguas del Río Sibún, pero sin traspasar sus términos limitándose a la distancia especificada. Fuera de esa zona Belice no puede pescar para su subsistencia, porque es territorio de la República de Guatemala. El tratado de 1859, no amplia la zona de pesca.

  3. Mike G. says:

    Oh yeah! And what are you going to do about it? Better send another strongly worded memo.

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