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Oct 11, 2019

Guatemalan President says Relations with Belize “Best They Have Ever Been”

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales addressed the General Debate at the seventy-fourth, General Assembly of the United Nation earlier this month for the last time before demitting office. The outgoing Guatemala President spoke on the relations between Guatemala and Belize. That issue also formed part of the presentation by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Elrington told the world body of the incidents long the border involving Gautemalans. But Morales told the UN General Assembly that diplomatic relations between both countries are the “best they have ever been”. Morales begins speaking about the recently held referendum to take Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice. He says that this was a milestone as taking the matter to an international court for final determination is the peaceful way. Morales stated that dialogue is the basis of true democracy.

 

Jimmy Morales

Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala

“In our foreign policy Guatemala and Belize have concluded the peaceful process to submit the territorial island related and maritime claim of Guatemalan to the International Court of Justice. This is a milestone for Guatemala, for Central America and for the world which has led to a peaceful and definitive solution to this longstanding dispute for Guatemala and Belize. The people of Guatemala and Belize had their referendum in peace and results were positive and expressed your wish to resolve once and for all this dispute in the International Court of Justice. Currently bilateral relations between Guatemala and Belize are the best they have ever been and we continue to strengthen this relationship. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Friends of Belize and Guatemala who have support this process where the focus is on dialogue because dialogue is the basis of true democracy.”


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