caacc2Last week the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland visited Belize as part of her official tour to the Commonwealth Caribbean since taking office on April 1, 2016. During her three day visit Secretary-General Scotland met with Governor General Sir Colville Young, Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, Opposition Leader Jonny Briceño and other ministers and senior officials where she reaffirmed the commitment made by the Commonwealth’s 53 governments at their 2015 summit, to fully support Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in sight of the Guatemala’s continuing claim to Belize’s territory.


In a release issued today by the Commonwealth, Secretary-General Scotland commended Belize’s actions when dealing with the territorial dispute saying Quote “I welcome the cooperation between Belize’s Government and Opposition on this issue, which is affecting their entire population, and commend the facility that they give to the hundreds of children who come from Guatemala daily to attend school in Belize.  I have responded positively to a request from the government and the opposition to convene the Commonwealth Ministerial Committee on Belize, ahead of the scheduled September meeting.” End quote


Secretary-General Scotland also reiterated the support of Commonwealth to the long standing territorial dispute by adding quote “I am urging both countries to heed to this plea for peace and return to the table for constructive and peaceful negotiations. The Commonwealth stands ready to do all in its power to support this process.” End quote.

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