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Belize and Guatemala Sign Onto Amended Special Agreement

Belize and Guatemala have signed the protocol to amend the special agreement between the two countries. On Monday Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Carlos Raul Morales along with the outgoing Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza signed the protocol to amend the special agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice. Special Agreement 2Minister Elrington is quoted as saying for Belize the claim has been a blighted colonial legacy which has stymied for far too long the growth and development of Belize. He went on to say the Government is resolved to put this Guatemalan claim behind us as early as possible and is irrevocably committed to being bound by the decision of the Belizean electorate on this claim as manifested in a  referendum. In his remarks OAS Secretary General Insulza said the Belize Guatemala process is one of the most important tasks of the Organization and one to which they have assigned the highest priority in the General Secretariat. The Guatemalan Foreign Minister presented the notes confirming the completion of Guatemala’s internal procedures to enable the implementation of nine of the thirteen cooperation agreements that were signed last December in Placencia.  He reiterate his country’s firm commitment to the peaceful resolution of the dispute and the urgency of doing so at the only competent court for such matters, the International Court of Justice. Minister Elrington was accompanied at the signing ceremony by CEO His Excellency Lawrence Sylvester, Ambassador Stuart Leslie, Ambassador Alexis Rosado and other members of the staff at the Embassy of Belize.