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Central American countries to meet to find solution to Belize/Guatemala tensions

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 7:23 am CST.


By Dalila Ical: At a point of heightened tension between Belize and Guatemala, six countries (both Belize and Guatemala included), meet later this week to discuss the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute in an effort to find a diplomatic solution to the existing tensions.

Parliamentarians of El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize, have confirmed their presence in Managua on May 19 for an urgent meeting of the Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL).

Guatemala’s president of Congress, Congressman Mario Taracena will attend the meeting on behalf of Guatemala. Speaker of the Belize House of Representatives, Michael Peyrefitte will represent Belize. Nicaragua’s President of the National Assembly, Rene Nunez Tellez will host the discussions and witness the agreements reached in this extraordinary meeting.

Executive Secretary of FOPREL, Santiago Rivas Leclair, said yesterday that the presence of these Central American countries allow for a lawful quorum to listen to both Belize and Guatemala in order to prevent an armed conflict.

Leclair said he has faith in God that they will reach an agreement in this meeting and that a message of peace is sent to President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala, and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow.



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