• 1763
  • 1763

    1763 Treaty of Paris

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  • 1786
  • 1786

    1786 The London Convention

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  • 1802
  • 1802

    1802 Amiens Treaty

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  • 1821
  • September 15, 1821

    Guatemala declared independence from Spain

  • 1850
  • April 19, 1850

    The U.S. and U.K. signed the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty to determine limits of their respective influences in Central America

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  • 1856
  • OCTOBER 17, 1856

    The United States and the United Kingdom sign the Dallas-Clarendon Treaty to affirm US and British interests in Central America

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  • 1859
  • April 30, 1859

    Guatemala and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Aycinena-Wyke relative to the boundaries of British Honduras

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  • 1931
  • 25-26 August 1931

    Exchange of Notes between the Govt. of the UK and N. Ireland and the Govt. of Guatemala

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  • 1946
  • April 9, 1946

    Guatemala declared the definitive legal expiration of the Treaty of Aycinena-Wyke

  • 1948
  • April 30, 1948

    The Organization of American States is created

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    Charter of the OAS

  • April 30, 1948

    Guatemala becomes a member of the Organization of American States

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  • 1965
  • 1965

    Webster’s Mediation Proposal to the United Kingdom and Guatemala

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  • 1968
  • April 29, 1968

    The Webster Proposals

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  • 1972
  • APRIL 21, 1972

    OAS Resolution - Strengthening of the Principles of Nonintervention and the Self-determination of Peoples and Measures to Guarantee their Observance

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  • 1975
  • December 8, 1975

    UNGA resolution 34/32 (XXX) of December 8, 1975

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  • 1977
  • 1977

    UNGA Resolution 32/32 (XXXII) of 1977

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  • 1978
  • JULY 1, 1978

    OAS Resolution – Information on constitutional evolution of the nonautonomous territories in the American Hemisphere and other territories in the Americas having ties with countries outside the Hemisphere

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  • December 13, 1978

    UNGA Resolution 33/36 of 1978

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  • 1979
  • OCTOBER 31, 1979

    OAS Resolution – Information on the constitutional evolution of the nonautonomous territories in the American Hemisphere and other territories in the Americas having ties with countries outside the Hemisphere (Resolution adopted at the twelfth plenary session held on October 31, 1979)

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  • OCTOBER 31, 1979

    OAS Resolution / Declaracion de la Paz

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  • November 21, 1979

    UNGA Resolution 34/38 of 1979

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  • 1980
  • November 11, 1980

    UNGA Resolution 35/20 of 1980

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  • November 27, 1980

    OAS Resolution 501 (Resolution adopted at the sixth, plenary session, held on November 27, 1980)

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  • 1981
  • September 21, 1981

    The United Kingdom officially grants Belize Independence

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  • September 25, 1981

    Belize becomes a member of the United Nations

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  • 1990
  • July 09, 1990

    Points of Concurrence of Roatan

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  • 1990

    Draft General Treaty of Settlement of Land and Maritime Boundaries of Related Matters between Belize and Guatemala

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  • December 20, 1990

    OAS Document CP/RES. (839/90) Request of Belize for admission to Membership in the Organization of American States (Resolution adopted on 20 Dec. 1990)

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  • 1991
  • January 8, 1991

    Belize becomes a member of the Organization of American States

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  • August 14, 1991

    Guatemala recognizes Belizeans’ right to self-determination

  • September 5, 1991

    Statement of the Government of Guatemala recognizing the Independence of Belize

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  • September 11, 1991

    Guatemala and Belize establish diplomatic relations, and Guatemala recognizes the independence and sovereignty of the State of Belize

  • September 16, 1991

    Joint Communiqué of the Governments of Belize and Guatemala

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  • 1992
  • 1992

    The Constitutional Tribunal of Guatemala recognizes and accepts the legality of the government’s decision to recognize the independence and the sovereignty of the state of Belize

  • April 03, 1992

    Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Said Musa

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  • 1994
  • March 04, 1994

    Nota Diplomática de la Ministra de Relaciones Exteriores de Guatemala, Marithza Ruiz de Vielman, al Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, Sr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, reabriendo la reinvidicación de Guatamala sobre Belice

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  • March 22, 1994

    Diplomatic Note from Belize’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dean O. Barrow, to the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, responding to Guatemala´s Minister of Foreign Affairs

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  • 1999
  • October 18, 1999

    Guatemala’s Note to Belize

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  • December 14, 1999

    Belize’s Response to Guatemala’s Note

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  • 2000
  • March 9, 2000

    The Governments of Belize and Guatemala agree to resume talks on their territorial differendum under the auspices of the Organization of American States

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  • March 14, 2000

    A technical meeting is held between Delegations from Belize and Guatemala

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  • MAY 15, 2000

    Facilitators Terms of Reference

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  • June 8, 2000

    A letter from the Prime Minister of Belize is sent to Guatemala explaining the position of Belize

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  • July 17-20, 2000

    Confidence Building Measures

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    Press Release English | Español

  • AUGUST 31, 2000

    Joint Communiqué English | Español

    Panel of Facilitators installed English | Español

  • NOVEMBER 8,2000

    The Agreement on Confidence Building Measures

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    Press Release English | Español

  • DECEMBER 1, 2000

    OAS Resolution 780 - Support for the Process of Negotiations Between the Governments of Belize and Guatemala

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  • DECEMBER 31, 2000

    Belize Maritime Areas Act

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  • 2001
  • January 16-17, 2001

    Belize and Guatemala agree to plan of Action English | Español

    Plan of Action English | Español

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  • February 6, 2001

    Pan-American Institute of Geography and History

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  • February 7, 2001

    Belize and Guatemala meeting

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    Panel of Facilitators English | Español

    Agreement on Procedures Download Document

  • February 19, 2001

    International Organization for Migration Adjacency Zone Census

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  • March 30, 2001

    Guatemala’s presentation to the Panel of Facilitators

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  • April 25, 2001

    Letter from the Facilitators of the Belize and Guatemala Differendum to the Mixed Commission on Confidence Building Measures

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  • April 30, 2001

    Belize’s response to Guatemala’s Statement of March 30, 2001

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  • May 15, 2001

    Guatemala’s Rejoinder to Belize’s Note

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  • MAY 21-22, 2001

    Oral Presentation Made by Belize In response to Guatemala’s Territorial Claim

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  • July 18, 2001

    Belize and Guatemala receive Recommendations from the Facilitators

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  • December 18, 2001

    Ministerial Meeting between Belize & Guatemala Reaches Positive Results

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  • December 19, 2001

    Belize and Guatemala receive an additional set of Recommendations from the Facilitators

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  • 2002
  • May 9, 2002

    The International Organization of Migration releases a census of the Adjacency Zone

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  • June 3, 2002

    Belize and Guatemala hold a Ministerial Meeting

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  • August 30, 2002

    High level Delegations from Belize and Guatemala meet at the Headquarters of the OAS in Washington D.C with the aim to continue the facilitation process

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  • September 17, 2002

    The Secretary General of the OAS presents Completed Proposals to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala

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  • September 30, 2002

    Delegations from Belize and Guatemala meet at OAS Headquarters with the Panel of Facilitators

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  • November 5, 2002

    Belize and Guatemala Process

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  • 2003
  • February 7, 2003

    Belize and Guatemala sign an Agreement to Establish a Transition Process and Confidence Building Measures

    Agreement to Establish a Transition Process and Confidence Building Measures, February 7, 2003
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    The Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala is created under the Confidence Building Measures Agreement

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  • February 12, 2003

    A resolution is presented by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States supporting a pacific solution to the Belize-Guatemala territorial differendum

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  • May 30, 2003

    Establishment of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

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  • June 23, 2003

    Group of Friends Letter Including Sweden

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  • JULY 1, 2003

    The Office of the General Secretariat of the OAS in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone is opened

  • August 25, 2003

    Guatemala Rejects the Proposal of the Panel of Facilitators

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  • October 7, 2003

    A meeting is convened with Belize and Guatemala at the Headquarters of the OAS to review the Confidence Building Measures of February 7th and to announce the first meeting of the Group of Friends

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  • December 5, 2003

    The First Community Resettlement project is presented

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  • 2004
  • May 3, 2004

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Belize and Guatemala meet with the Secretary General of the OAS to continue deliberations aimed at reaching a just, equitable and permanent solution to the territorial differendum between the two countries

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  • May 10, 2004

    Delegations from Belize and Guatemala meet with the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS to discuss the establishment of a Joint Commission that would examine a comprehensive list of new confidence building measures

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  • 2005
  • September 7, 2005

    Belize and Guatemala sign an Agreement on a Negotiation Framework and Confidence-Building Measures

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  • September 7, 2005

    Meeting of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

  • November 14-15, 2005

    The First Negotiating Session at the ministerial level is held in San Pedro, Belize

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  • 2006
  • February 10, 2006

    Belize and Guatemala agree to the OAS Secretary General’s Proposal to begin the Negotiation Process on Maritime Issues

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  • June 18, 2006

    Sports delegations between Belize and Guatemala help strengthen relations

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  • September 26, 2006

    Delegations from Belize and Guatemala meet with the Secretary General at the OAS to discuss progress made in fulfilling the Agreement on a Framework for Negotiations and Confidence-Building Measures between the two countries

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  • December 12, 2006

    Meeting of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

  • 2007
  • April 16, 2007

    Delegations from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras meet at the OAS to discuss the Process of Maritime Negotiations

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  • November 19, 2007

    The Secretary General of the OAS presents a Recommendation to submit the Belize-Guatemala Territorial Dispute to the International Court of Justice

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  • December 17, 2007

    Guatemala Accepts the Secretary General’s Recommendation to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice

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  • 2008
  • April 21, 2008

    The Santa Rosa Community Resettlement Project concludes

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    Bulletin of Activities 2008

  • May 29, 2008

    Belize accepts the Secretary General’s Recommendation to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice

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  • June 16, 2008

    The new Guatemalan Government reaffirms its acceptance of the Secretary General’s recommendations

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  • June 30-July 1, 2008

    The First meeting to negotiate the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala is held at OAS Headquarters

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  • July 29-30, 2008

    The Second Meeting to negotiate the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala takes place at OAS Headquarters in order

  • August 27-29, 2008

    The Third Meeting to negotiate the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala is held at OAS Headquarters

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  • December 8, 2008

    The Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala signed, at OAS headquarters, the “Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize to submit the territorial, insular and maritime claim of Guatemala to the International Court of Justice.”

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    Speech of the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, at the Signing of the Special Agreement English

    “Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize to submit the territorial, insular and maritime claim of Guatemala to the International Court of Justice.” (December 2008) English | Español

    Guatemala and Belize sign historic agreement on territorial differendum English | Español

  • 2009
  • February 25, 2009

    OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza chairs a meeting of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

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  • December 8, 2009

    A Technical Meeting between Belize and Guatemala takes place in Santa Elena, Guatemala

  • December 16-17, 2009

    Following a high level meeting between OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Foreign Ministers Harold Rodas and Wilfred Elrington, of Guatemala and Belize respectively, the Belize-Guatemala High Level Working Group was created. Its purpose was set to promote a direct and continuous line of communication between both Parties

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  • 2010
  • March 9, 2010

    The First Meeting of the High Level Working Group takes place in Belize City, Belize

  • 2011
  • May 5, 2011

    Meeting of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

  • November 28, 2011

    A Ministerial Meeting is held between Belize and Guatemala at OAS Headquarters

    Joint Communique English

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  • 2012
  • JANUARY 25, 2012

    The Foreign Minister and Defense Minster of Guatemala visit the OAS Adjacency Zone Office

  • April 27, 2012

    Delegations from Belize and Guatemala meet with the Secretary General of the OAS to establish the date for the simultaneous referenda

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  • October 13, 2012

    The Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) visits the OAS Adjacency Zone Office

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  • October 22, 2012

    Belize and Guatemala present their Information Campaign Strategies to the Group of Friends

    Belize Information Campaign Strategy

    Guatemala Information Campaign Strategy

  • 2013
  • January 25, 2013

    The OAS Secretary General meets with the Foreign Minister of Belize to discuss recent developments in resolving the territorial differendum between Belize and Guatemala

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  • MARCH 4, 2013

    Uruguay Becomes a Member of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

  • MARCH 17, 2013

    A Vice-Ministerial Meeting between Belize and Guatemala is held at the Headquarters of the OAS to discuss the future of the October 6th simultaneous referendum to take the dispute to the ICJ

  • MARCH 30, 2013

    Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala Agree on Next Steps in Negotiation Process

  • MARCH 30, 2013

    Resettlement of the Retiro I and Zapote II communities

  • APRIL 22, 2013

    Guatemala suspends the October 6th simultaneous referendum to submit the dispute to the ICJ

  • MAY 8, 2013

    The Secretary General of the OAS meets with the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala to discuss next steps in the negotiation process

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  • OCTOBER 6, 2013

    Electoral Authorities of Belize and Guatemala meet to strengthen bilateral cooperation

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  • OCTOBER 12, 2013

    Meeting of the Chambers of Commerce of Isabel, Guatemala and Toledo Belize

  • OCTOBER 14, 2013

    Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between Belize and Guatemala

  • November 13, 2013

    Quarterly Meeting of the Armies

  • 2014
  • JANUARY 9, 2014

    The Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala meet to enhance the implementation of the CBMs and strengthen the bilateral relationship

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  • JANUARY 17, 2014

    High Level Meeting at the Deputy Foreign Minister Level

    Deputy Foreign Ministers of Belize (CEO) and Guatemala meet at the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone to draft the Road Map Agreement that the respective Foreign Ministers will sign on January 24th at OAS Headquarters with the OAS Secretary General.

  • JANUARY 24, 2014

    Belize and Guatemala Agree on Plan of Action to Strengthen Relations with the Support of the OAS

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    Road Map for the strengthening of the bilateral relations in 2014, January 24, 2014 English | Español

    Plan of action for 2014, January 24, 2014 English | Español

  • February 10 and 11, 2014

    First Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission
    Punta Gorda, Belize

  • February 28, 2014

    Belize-Guatemala Administrative Commission

  • MARCH 30, 2014

    Joint Belize-Guatemala Press Release

    The Governments of Belize and of Guatemala expressed their deep regret at the death of a Guatemalan national, resident of the village of San Marcos, Municipality of Dolores, Department of Peten, Guatemala that occurred in the Chiquibul Reserve, Belize, in an incident involving the Belize Defence Force.

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  • June 5, 2014

    Adoption of Resolution AG/CG/doc. (XLIV-O/14)5 >> REV. 1
    Fund for Peace: Peaceful Settlement of Territorial Disputes (Presented by Belize and Guatemala)

    General Assembly of the OAS
    Asunción, Paraguay

  • August 31, 2014

    Technical Meetings of the Joint Commission
    Chaa, Creek, Belize

  • September 1-4, 2014

    Meeting of the Joint Commission
    Guacamayas Reserve, Paso Caballos, Guatemala

  • September 12-13, 2014

    Meeting of the Joint Commission
    San Pedro, Belize

  • OCTOBER 10, 2014

    Meeting of Security Agencies of Belize and Guatemala
    Adoption of Three Key Agreements
    Guatemala City, Guatemala

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  • NOVEMBER 10, 2014

    Following the framework of the Road Map Agreement, a Meeting of the Joint Commission took place in Antigua, from the 10th to the 16th of November, 2014.

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  • DECEMBER 8, 2014

    The European Union becomes a member of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala

  • DECEMBER 8-9, 2014

    Technical Meeting of the Joint Commission
    Washington, D.C.

  • DECEMBER 10-12, 2014

    Congressional Guatemalan Delegation visits Belize
    San Pedro, Belize

  • DECEMBER 17, 2014

    Historic Step taken in Belize-Guatemala Process. OAS Secretary General Attends Signing of 13 Agreements.

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  • 2015
  • MAY 25, 2015

    Belize and Guatemala sign Protocol to Special Agreement, Guatemala City

    Protocol to Amend the Special Agreement, May 25, 2015 English And Spanish

  • DECEMBER 9, 2015

    Chambers of Commerce of Belize and Guatemala sign cooperation Agreement to further strengthen ties

    Cooperation Agreement between the Chambers of Commerce of Belize and Guatemala English | Español

  • 2016
  • JANUARY 22, 2016

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala meet at the OAS/AZ Office

  • APRIL 19-21, 2016

    OAS Secretary General Visits Belize

  • APRIL 20, 2016

    The OAS Secretary General appoints a new Representative for Belize-Guatemala Affairs

  • 2017
  • MARCH 15-16, 2017

    Secretary General Luis Almagro visited Guatemala and Belize and met with the respective Foreign Ministers, His Excellency Carlos Raúl Morales and the Honorable Wilfred Elrington.