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CARICOM pushes Belize to pursue Sarstoon Protocol

Heads of Government in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have urged Belize to continue their efforts towards the development and implementation of a protocol for the Sarstoon River.  The discussion was had last week during CARICOM’s 31st Inter-sessional meeting of the conference of Heads of Government in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Heads of Government in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have urged Belize to continue their efforts towards the development and implementation of a protocol for the Sarstoon River.  The discussion was had last week during CARICOM’s 31st Inter-sessional meeting of the conference of Heads of Government in Bridgetown, Barbados. Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington was in attendance and gave an update on the recent developments between Belize and Guatemala.  According to a report from CARICOM, the heads have told Belize that whilst the process is ongoing at the International Court of Justice, the governments of Belize and Guatemala should still pursue the protocol with the assistance of the Organization of American States (OAS).  The idea of the Sarstoon Protocol dates back to May 2016 via a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, where it was agreed that the protocol would be developed to minimize the tensions at the Sarstoon River between Belize and Guatemala since the Guatemalan military was making attempts to command Belize’s portion of the river.  Also, at the Heads of Government meeting, Belize was urged to continue implementing the confidence-building measures established in 2005 while a call to the international community was made for the continuous support for the OAS office at the Adjacency Zone.   At the end of the discussion, all the Heads of CARICOM reiterated their support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize.