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Belize and Guatemala meet to discuss ICJ affairs

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019. 9:28 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Following a delay earlier this month due to scheduling issues, the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala met yesterday to discuss the necessary steps to take the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to a statement issued yesterday afternoon by the Government of Belize, Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Sandra Jovel met at the Organization of American States (OAS) Office at the Adjacency Zone.

Among the topics of discussion, Minister Jovel congratulated Belize on the successful referendum held on May 8.

Minister Elrington used the opportunity to emphasize the need for confidence-building measures for the Sarstoon River in order to minimize tension and avoid conflict.

“The two Ministers agreed to jointly brief the members of the OAS next month in Washington, D.C. They also agreed to make arrangements to apprise the Group of Friends of the Belize-Guatemala process including the next steps to bring the claim before the ICJ,” GOB explained.

Both ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to work together and strengthen bilateral relations.


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