Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales and Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington met in London last week with the UK Minister of State responsible for Latin America Foreign Relations, Hugo Swire.
According to a release issued by the Guatemalan Ministry, the meeting served as a medium to discuss matters relating to the territorial dispute and solicited from the UK funding to finance the education campaign ahead of the referendum and the poll as well.
According to Guatemala’s release, the funding, if received would also cover economic development programs for the Guatemalan communities in the “adjacency zone” and fund the operations of the OAS Adjacency Zone office.
Also discussed at the meeting was the process for the investigation of the death of 13 year old Julio Alvarado, as well as the urgent need to prevent future incidents in the Adjacency zone. The two Ministers are said to have also solicited support for the design of a joint training program of the militaries of both countries.
Swire is said to have offered his support to both countries and quote “congratulated them for the progress geared toward the process of going to the International Court of Justice” end quote. He pledged to help find a way to honor the funding request directly or through other mediums like the European Union.
Morales and Elrington also met with Crispin Blunt, the chair of the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee.
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