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Belize hits Guatemala over aggression at 7th Summit of Association of Caribbean States

Posted: June 6, 2016. 11:03 a.m. CST.

By Aaron HUmes: Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Gaspar Vega is representing Belize at the Seventh Summit of the Association of Caribbean States being held in Havana, Cuba.  DPM

The main focuses of the Summit were negative impacts of climate change, developing programmes in the areas of Trade, Transport, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Tourism.

But the Honorable Gaspar Vega took the greater part of his almost 9 minute speech to decry Guatemala’s recent ramped up aggression and its belligerent actions in the Sarstoon.

Vega called on the ACS member states to join CARICOM in urging both nations to abide by the Confidence Building Measures of 2005 which commit both countries to refrain from the use of threat or force and to hold the referenda on taking the claim to the International Court of Justice for final resolution.

For his part, President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales who was present during the summit is said to have noted that the ACS was not the forum to raise the issue.

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