By Alexis R. Milan
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, last week presented Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza with the Order of Distinction of Belize for his role in mediations with Guatemala.
Secretary General Insulza was presented with the honor in recognition of his diplomatic efforts and support in the advancement of the negotiation process between Belize and Guatemala.
The award was given during the Summit of Heads of State of the Central American Integration System (SICA). It is the highest distinction that Belize can give to a foreign citizens who has performed exceptional work for the government and people of Belize.
Foreign Minister Elrington said the award is recognition for the work and leadership of Secretary General Insulza, through whose office it has been possible to advance a good relationship between the two countries; work which has led to a series of agreements to enhance our confidence and advance the peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute, which remains an issue of critical importance for Belize.
Secretary General Insulza thanked Belize for the award and recalled that since its creation, the OAS has worked tirelessly for peace and the peaceful resolution of conflict between nations.
Insulza congratulated both countries for undertaking the process to reach the current state of friendly, bilateral cooperation.
“The stronger the links between the countries, the easier it is to contribute to the stability of their relationship,” Insulza said.
He made a commitment that the OAS would continue to work with both nations in areas including education, the environment and economic cooperation that will allow for a more strengthened relationship.
José Miguel Insulza was elected OAS Secretary General on May 2, 2005, and re-elected March 24, 2010. The Chilean politician has an accomplished record of public service not only in his country, but throughout the Hemisphere of the Americas.