ACP announces support for Belize

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Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 3:43 p.m. CST

Sarstoon IslandBy Aaron Humes: In a Declaration on the just concluded 8th Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Heads of State in Papua New Guinea, the nations once more pledge support for Belize in the Belize-Guatemala territorial differendum.

At paragraph 18, the declaration reads quote “Recalling the Resolution at the 103rd Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, we strongly reaffirm unequivocal support for Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in relation to on-going tensions along the border of Belize caused by the Republic of Guatemala’s persistent territorial claims.

We call on the Government of the Republic of Guatemala to respect the borders of Belize as established in the 1859 Treaty, and move with urgency to agree on protocols for the use of the Sarstoon River on the southern border of Belize.

We urge both governments to refrain from the threat or use of force, to respect international agreements, and to move with expedition to hold national referenda with the goal of submitting all Guatemala’s claims to the International Court of Justice for final resolution.” End quote.

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