Belize and Guatemala deligations meet at OAS

OASThe   delegation   of   Belize   led   by   Minister   of   Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington met yesterday May 8  with a Guatemalan delegation led by Foreign   Minister   Carrera   and   the   OAS   Secretary   General   Jose   Miguel   Insulza   at  OAS      Headquarters.     The     meeting,   held   at  the  invitation   of  the  OAS     Secretary General,   was   convened   to   discuss   the  next   steps   in   the   Belize   Guatemala   process. This follows     the   announcement     by    Guatemala     of  its  inability  to  proceed    with   the simultaneous referenda originally scheduled for 6 October of this year. According to a press release from the Press Office, at that meeting both delegations reiterated the need to seek an early resolution to the age old dispute, despite the present obstacles to the holding of the referenda in October 2013.   It was also agreed that  both countries need to work on strengthening  Confidence Building Measures.  The parties agreed that the prolongation of the dispute is not conducive to building stronger bilateral ties, nor does   it   contribute   to   furthering   the   regional   integration   process. Belize   took   the opportunity  to   emphasize    that  the   existence     of  the  dispute     represented     an unsustainable    cost   for  Belize.  The meeting explored various ways of ensuring that the commitment to submit  the dispute     to  the  International    Court    of  Justice is maintained and acted upon in the shortest possible time. Secretary General Insulza agreed to convene a subsequent Ministerial level meeting to confirm the way forward by June 2013.

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