Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FOREIGN MINISTERS OF BELIZE AND GUATEMALA MEET TO DISCUSS REFERENDUM

The OAS Secretary General, Chilean, Jose Miguel Insulza and the Foreign Ministers from Guatemala and Belize, Harold Caballeros and Wilfred Elrington, respectively, initiated a working reunion to refine the details on the Referendum that will be carried out by both countries on October of next year.

The objective of the one day meeting which was carried out behind closed doors at the headquarters of the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala, was to “refine the details on the referendum” in which the decision of both countries regarding the territorial litigation that they maintain for over a century will be submitted before the International Court of Justice, said a source from the Guatemalan Ministry.

Although from 1991 Guatemala recognized Belize’s independence, they still claim close to fifty percent of territory from the former Britannic Colony, which with the mediation of the OAS, both States agreed to clarify before the International Criminal Court based in La Haya.

Also, the source said, it is also expected that a report from the OAS on the violent incidents that have been registered this year in the designated adjacency zone between both countries, which marks the undefined border between both nations and has claimed the life of at least four Guatemalan farmers will be made known.

“The result of the discussions will be released by Secretary Insulza and the Foreign Ministers during a press conference” the source specified.

After the meeting with the ministers, the OAS Secretary General will reunite in private with the Guatemalan president, Otto Perez Molina, in which it is expected that they will dialogue on the preparations for the General Assembly of that hemispheric body which will be celebrated in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala in 2013.

Via the San Pedro Sun.com



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