Country Report Belize October 1996 Main report

Political scene: Guatemala may suggest a resumption of negotiations

The Guatemalan foreign relations minister, Eduardo Stein, said in September that he intended to contact the government of Belize with a view to opening negotiations on the unresolved territorial dispute. Guatemala recognised Belizean independence in September 1991 but did not drop its territorial claim, and there have been few formal contacts between the two governments since the 1993 election in Belize. Mr Stein indicated, however, that any negotiations would have to wait until after the conclusion of a peace agreement between the Guatemalan government and the country's Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG) guerrilla movement. It is hoped that this will be achieved by the end of the year.

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