Belize and Guatemala hold forum to strengthen bilateral relationship Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

 In the wake of the uncertainty surrounding the postponement of bi-national referendum on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute, Belize and Guatemala signed a new diplomatic initiative on Friday, January 24 at the OAS Headquarters in Washington DC. The agreement is called the Road Map and Plan of Action, and it’s main objective to strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries during the course of the year to enable public consideration of the territorial dispute before the International Court of Justice. The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Fernando Carrera were all signatories to the Road Map.

 Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington told reporters at the event that the agreed document "evidences the commitment and resolution of the governments of Belize and Guatemala, with the support of the OAS, to seek to use our best efforts to develop the essential climate of trust and confidence."

 Secretary General Insulza emphasized the importance of Belize and Guatemala deciding to coordinate joint activities, which means “moving toward a more stable relationships”.

 Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera said that this agreement "will contribute to ensuring that for next year this relationship will not only remain as peaceful as it has been for many years, but also that this positive relationship will be strengthened."

 Secretary General Insulza also closed by explaining that the Road Map and Plan of Action outlines confidence-building activities between both countries.