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Belize signs status of forces agreement with United Kingdom

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 5:35 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Government of Belize and the Government of the United Kingdom signed the revised Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and its Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Status of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom while in Belize.

Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was John Saldivar, the Minister of National Security and on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom,  Mark Lancaster, the Minister of Defence.

According to a release from the Government of Belize Press Office, the revised Agreement sets out the new legal framework within which personnel of the United Kingdom Armed Forces will operate in Belize. 

The revised Agreement includes a number of revisions and is the first revision of the Belize-UK SOFA since the original in 1994, supplemented by a subsequent Exchange of Notes in 2004, which covered international training activities.

The revised agreements provide for a strong platform for increasing activities of UK forces in Belize which should take place in the near future, and for the continued strengthening of the partnership between the two countries.

The signing of the Agreement took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office in Belize City.


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