Press Release


Secretary General Meets in Santiago with Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala

  January 26, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today in Santiago, Chile with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, and Guatemala, Luis Fernando Carrera. The meeting's main objective was to exchange information on the tasks that both countries are committed to carry out in preparation for the referenda concerning recourse to the Court of the Hague Convention on the territorial issue.

In the tripartite meeting, which took place within the framework of the EU-CELAC Summit, both officials explained the situation in each country, with a view toward finalizing the consultation agreed and renewed the commitment of their governments to carry it out.

During the discussion, Ministers Elrington and Carrera expressed thanked the efforts of the hemispheric body, particularly those of Secretary General Insulza for accompanying the process.

Meanwhile, the leader of the OAS, who was accompanied by Ambassador Hugo de Zela, his Chief of Staff, said that "our organization will continue supporting all efforts made by Belize and Guatemala to comply with the agreements they have reached."

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: E-019/13