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OAS Sec-Gen calls for continued cooperation between Belize and Guatemala

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2022. 9:57 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro visited Belize.

Almagro called for continued cooperation between Belize and Guatemala since the long-standing border dispute is now before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Caribbean National Weekly reports.

“We should all keep working. We should work during the process at the International Court of Justice. We should work when the decision comes and then the work of the administration, the decision of the court will be very relevant too. So the work won’t stop so easily,” Almagro said.

“Permanently, we need to create better confidence, better [relationships] between the neighboring countries and we have to facilitate conditions in order to have better cooperation in the Adjacency Zone,” he added.

Almagro also said that both countries need to create possibilities for an easy administration for the decision of the court.

In 2018, Guatemalans voted ‘Yes’ in a referendum to take the country’s long-standing claim on Belize’s land, insular and maritime territory to the ICJ.

 Then in 2019, Belizeans voted in a national referendum ‘Yes’ to take Guatemala’s claim to the ICJ.

Prime Minister John Briceno and Sec-Gen Almagro pledged to continue the work at Belize’s western border.

Prime Minister Briceño said while on a trip to Brussels he had been informed by the European Union that they are going to provide funding for another 18 months.

 

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