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Belize/Guatemala: OAS will Conduct Independent Investigation into the Death of Guatemalan Minor

  April 27, 2016

The Organization of American States (OAS) will conduct, at the request of the governments of Belize and Guatemala, an independent investigation of the April 20 incident that led to the death of the Guatemalan minor Julio René Alvarado Ruano and in which his father and brother were wounded.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, after receiving formal requests from both governments, confirmed to authorities from the two countries that he will proceed immediately with the identification and deployment of the appropriate experts to carry out the investigation as soon as possible. At the request of both sides, the investigation will be carried out independently from the work of verification taking place at this time.

Secretary General Almagro welcomed the commitment of both countries to clarify the events rapidly and expressed gratitude for their trust in the OAS for the identification and deployment of the experts who will carry out the task.

Finally, he reiterated the call for both sides to redouble the confidence building measures in place to prevent future confrontations or situations that could put at risk the peace and stability between the two countries.

Reference: E-052/16