CARICOM supports Belize in Guatemala dispute

Posted July 8th 2016, 9:34 p.m. CST

Sarstoon Island

By Aaron Humes: Although there was a multitude of issues discussed at the 37th Summit of the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held in Georgetown, Guyana earlier this week, the one of interest to Belizeans is the Belize-Guatemala dispute.

CARICOM has long been a supporter of Belize, and that was re-affirmed in both the official communique of the meeting and an appended statement concerning the Guatemalan claim.

Of interest is CARICOM’s support for Belize and Guatemala to, quote, engage in the design and development of a mechanism of cooperation for the Sarstoon River, which marks Belize’s southern boundary. End quote. They urged them to complete this at the earliest opportunity.

CARICOM Heads also, quote, expressed support for the continuous and critical role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the process aimed at resolving the dispute arising from Guatemala’s claims and further calls on the international community to continue supporting the OAS office in the Adjacency Zone. The Conference of Heads of Government also supports the efforts of Belize and Guatemala to move deliberately to fully implement the special agreement of 2008 between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claims to the International Court of Justice. End quote.

No date has been announced for a re-engagement with Guatemala on the Sarstoon protocol.

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