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CARICOM reiterates support for Belize in Guatemala dispute

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2023. 8:18 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains in steadfast support of Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as it draws ever closer to a resolution with western neighbour Guatemala.

The latest statement of this support came in the final communique on the 44th Heads of Government meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas, which wrapped up on Friday.

Prime Minister John Briceño and his team updated the region on the status of the case filed by Guatemala at the International Court of Justice, to which Belize is expected to file its latest rejoinder in June, and Belize’s instituting proceedings against Honduras in the dispute over the sovereignty of the Sapodilla Cayes in the Gulf of Honduras. Belize will submit its memorial on that case on or by May 2, with a Honduran reply deadline set for December 4.

The Heads reportedly “expressed concern over the deforestation of Belize’s national parks and protected areas along the Belize – Guatemala border caused by the continuing illegal incursions by Guatemalan nationals and urged both countries to abide by the Confidence Building Measures” adopted more than 20 years ago. They also reiterated their support for the work of the Organization of American States (OAS) in defusing tension along the countries’ border and urged further support for this work in the international community.


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