Belize, Guatemala talking in Turkey

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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016. 1:03 p.m. CST

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington

By Aaron Humes: The Government of Belize announces that talks between Belize and Guatemala over a cooperation mechanism for the Sarstoon River, will take place on Saturday, May 21st 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala – Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales – will lead their respective delegations. Belize’s grouping will include Ambassador Alexis Rosado and a People’s United Party representative.

Elrington will head to Turkey from Taiwan, where he will be attending the inauguration of the new Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen.

Belize and Guatemala have the support of the Organization of American States, whose Secretary General Luis Almagro has declared that a mechanism must be found to guarantee peaceful use, stability and navigational security at the Sarstoon River despite each country’ position on their rights over the river.

If the Istanbul talks do not produce any immediate final agreement, the OAS will host follow up meetings in Washington D.C.

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