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Jul 8, 2019

Belize and Mexico Celebrate 1893 Spencer-Mariscal Treaty

On Sunday representatives from Belize and Mexico met at the border bridge of Subteniente Lopez to commemorate the 1893 Spencer-Mariscal Treaty. This year is the one hundred and twenty-sixth anniversary of the treaty which established the boundaries of both countries. Beyond that, the event also celebrates the many years of excellent bi-lateral relations and friendliness that characterize the relationship with our northern border.  Hipolito Novelo has the story.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Held under the theme, “Good neighbor, forging progress” the one hundredth and twenty-sixth anniversary of the Spencer-Mariscal Treaty of 1893 was held on Sunday at the northern border. This is the second year that representatives of both countries come together to celebrate the treaty which established the Belize/Mexico border.  Attending the event was Rigoberto Vellos, Corozal’s mayor.


Rigoberto Vellos

Rigoberto Vellos, Mayor, Corozal Town

“Our Mexican brothers and sisters signed a treaty with Belize with a bridge over the Rio Hondo which is the only thing that separates us which is very minimal. We all know that so many Belizeans who have so many family members in across in Chetumal travel there every day for certain reasons. So it is a very special morning for us and a special morning for Corozalenos. These are the things that we need to celebrate, special moments that goes back to our past, our ancestors made sure that they paved many road for us, for us to have peace and tranquility with our brothers and sisters.”


Over the past many years, the relationship between both countries has grown in many regards. Robert Lopez of the Belize Peace Movement says it is about strengthening the bilateral works through peace and friendship.


Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez, Belize Peace Movement

“The objective for us is that if we don’t build friendships, if we don’t nurture our friendships, if we continue to take it from granted and so friendship start to break away. So it is important that here is a neighbor that has recognized, respected out borders and today the message is of solidarity, oneness, friendship and peace from the Mexican counterparts. Certainly they echoed exactly what we want to continue do which is to build this friendship.”


And that friendship, Opposition Leader John Briceño says, is reciprocated by Belize.


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition [Translated]

“Even though we are a very small country, we always try to live together through friendship and like brother as what has been demonstrated over the past years.”


Also present during the ceremony was the Mayor of Chetumal, Otoniel Segovia. Hipolito Novelo, News Five.

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