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Belize signs status of forces agreement with Netherlands

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017. 1:17 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Netherlands signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) concerning the Status of the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while in Belize.

Military personnel from the Netherlands undergo jungle warfare training with Belize and other international armed forces in Belize.

This agreement sets out the legal framework within which personnel of the Netherlands will operate while in the country.

The SOFA also constitutes the discipline and jurisdiction, privileges and immunities, communications facilities as well as the entry and exit requirements of personnel in Belize.

It will serve to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries which share thirty years of diplomatic ties.

Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf of the Government of the Netherlands was the Ambassador of the Royal Netherlands Embassy to Belize H. E. Margriet Leemhuis.

 The signing of the agreement took place at the Laing Building in Belize City earlier today.

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