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Secretary General Almagro Reaffirms Commitment of the OAS to Support Belize and Guatemala in Resolution of Territorial Differendum

  May 28, 2015

During his visit to Guatemala, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to continue supporting Belize and Guatemala as they move ahead with their efforts to arrive at a final and definitive settlement to the dispute that exists between the two neighboring countries.

On May 25, 2015, as one of his last official acts as Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza witnessed the signing of the Protocol to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala, which allows the governments of both nations to separately hold public consultations with a view to submitting their territorial differendum to the International Court of Justice.

As part of its main mandate of assisting in the peaceful settlement of disputes between member states, over the last fifteen years, the OAS has played a critical role in assisting Belize and Guatemala to resolve their differences.


The Role of the OAS in the Search for Solutions to the Dispute

Since 2000, the OAS has provided technical and political assistance with regard to the differendum between Belize and Guatemala and facilitating the negotiations taking place under the “Agreement on a Framework for Negotiations and Confidence-Building Measures.” Likewise, the OAS General Secretariat’s Office in the Adjacency Zone conducts verifications and activities in support of government institutions, including the armed forces of both countries. Several projects are also under way to foster development and integration of the communities, along with community resettlement projects.

More information on the OAS role in the Belize-Guatemala territorial differendum is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-191/15