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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 8, 2008


Belize-Guatemala Border Agreement

The United States congratulates Belize and Guatemala on the signing of an agreement to submit their long-standing border disagreement to the International Court of Justice for resolution. We recognize the leadership of President Colom of Guatemala and Prime Minister Barrow of Belize in advancing a comprehensive resolution that the United States believes could lead to new economic and political cooperation, prosperity, and development in both countries.

We commend the negotiators who have persistently sought to transform contentious issues into creative opportunities for mutual benefit and thank the Organization of American States for providing its good offices and mechanisms for dialogue that have facilitated the successful advance of this dispute’s resolution. At the OAS, the United States is an active participant in meetings of the Friends of Belize and Guatemala; we look forward to continued cooperation and participation in multilateral efforts to support development and democracy in both fellow OAS member states.

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Released on December 8, 2008

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