Foreign Affairs minister says Belize has no borders

Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017. 9:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: According to Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, Belize still does not have internationally recognized borders.

Even though the international community voted for Belize to gain her independence, Elrington told the media that the international community does not recognize Belize’s borders.

According to Elrington, our maritime borders have never been agreed upon.

“Boundaries have to be agreed upon by countries who are neighboring countries. In 1893 we got our northern boundaries agreed with Mexico and part of our sea, 1859 we had the Western border agreed with Guatemala but they resided on that in 1939 but we never did have with Guatemala any agreement with respect to the Maritime boundaries neither with Guatemala nor with Honduras which is very close to us. That is work undone,” he said.

According to Elrington, this is why we must settle our border dispute at the International Court of Justice.

“It is just like you are on a piece of land all your life but you are a squatter. You can’t do anything with that land until you get it surveyed and get the survey agreed upon and you have a title to it,” he said.

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