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  December 6, 2004

The governments of Belize and Paraguay have formally elevated their relations to full diplomatic status. The countries’ ambassadors to the Organization of American States today signed on behalf of their respective governments a joint communiqué to that effect.

Belize Ambassador Lisa Shoman and Paraguay’s Ambassador Luis Enrique Chase Plate signed at OAS headquarters the agreement in which the governments said they had decided to establish diplomatic relations, effective last November 8, based on their “mutual desire to develop friendly relations and cooperation in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.”

In the joint communiqué, the governments went on to stress their firm belief that “the establishment of diplomatic relations corresponds to the interests of both states and will strengthen international peace and security.” Belize and Paraguay have also agreed that their diplomatic relations will be founded on the principles and the norms of the United Nations Charter and the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

After the signing the Belizean envoy, who is also Ambassador to the United States, remarked that Paraguay and Belize are similarly situated in many respects and face many similar challenges as small countries. “We believe the type of relationship that we are starting with Paraguay will yield many fruits, not only in terms of cooperation but also in terms of problem-solving, best practices and—more importantly than anything else—good understanding between our two countries,” Ambassador Shoman declared, commending Paraguay’s initiative in approaching her government to establish full diplomatic relations.

Reiterating the importance his government attaches to this new relationship with Belize, Ambassador Chase Plate in one of his final official duties as Paraguay’s envoy to the OAS, cited the significant bonds both governments have developed within the context of the OAS bloc, among others. “Belize is specially-situated,” he said, “as a member of the Central American Group and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).” He also noted the excellent relations Belize enjoys with South America (through the ALADI group), and pointed to Paraguay’s plans to immediately embark on a series of concrete initiatives with Belize.

Both diplomats indicated their governments would shortly exchange ambassadors.

Reference: e-225/04