Commonwealth Ministerial Committee on Belize, chaired by the Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, Senator
the Hon Maxine McClean, and comprising Barbados, Canada, Guyana, India,
Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria and Tanzania, as well as Belize and United
Kingdom as observers, met on Monday, 16 May 2016, to discuss the recent
events taking place in the Adjacency Zone
between Belize and Guatemala.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Hon Wilfred Elrington briefed
the Committee on recent developments, including discussions
between the governments of the two countries.
Committee reiterated and endorsed the firm support of the Commonwealth
for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize, as expressed
consistently and most recently in the 2015 Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Communiqué. The Committee
encouraged all concerned to work towards a peaceful and final resolution
of the longstanding disagreements concerning the border between Belize
Committee encouraged progress to be made through dialogue between
Belize and Guatemala, and urged both parties to honour the terms
of the Agreements reached in 2005 and 2008.
Committee commended the Organization of American States (OAS) for its
confidence-building and peace-building efforts between Belize
and Guatemala, and urged the international community to continue to
support these and other similar measures fully and as a matter of