The III Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission was held on August 9th, under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS), headed by the Commissioners of both countries, the Ambassador of Belize in Guatemala, Alexis Rosado; the Ambassador of Guatemala to Belize, George de La Roche; with the accompaniment of Mr. Manuel Washington Abdala, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the OAS for Belize- Guatemala matters.
Significant progress was made leading to the implementation of three of the Bilateral Agreements signed between both countries, on the Movement of Students, Harmonization of Operating Hours and Sustainable Tourism.
The Joint Commission agreed to address the implementation of the Agreements on the Protection of the Environment and the Return of Stolen Vehicles at its next meeting, as well as the previous internal institutional procedures of each country, for the establishment of a High Level Group of Forces of Security -GANSEF- between the Parties and to review trade issues related to the Partial Scope Agreement.
The delegation of Guatemala reiterated its gratitude to Belize for the assistance and humanitarian aid provided to those affected by the eruptions of the Volcán de Fuego. The Parties agreed to hold the October Joint Commission in Belize.