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Hachet buried? SICA produces monumental pledge: “Guatemala will never be a threat to Belize!”

SICA’S meeting in Placencia, where Belize formally handed over the presidency to Guatemala, produced a monumental moment in history when the Prime Minister of Belize and the President of Guatemala embraced like old friends.

Although it was the first time that the two men met formally as heads of government the moment was electric for the pledge of friendship made moments before.

President Otto Perez Molina declared for all to hear that Guatemala does not constitute “and will never constitute” a threat to Belize”.
On the occasion of his acceptance of the presidency of SICA President Molina stated he knew that Guatemala and Belize have had strained relationships at times.

Then he declared: “Guatemala and Belize will be neighbours forever and for this reason we want to live in peace, and we’re partners in the development of our populations, and it’s important to understand that Guatemala does not constitute and will never constitute a threat to Belize”.

From Monday, December 15 to Wednesday, December 18, Belize hosted the 44th SICA Summit of Central American heads of State in Placencia. For the past six months Belize has enjoyed Pro-tem presidency of SICA, the Central American Integration System. On Wednesday Belize officially handed it over to Guatemala. The Summit was attended by five Central American presidents including President Otto Peréz Molina of Guatemala, President Carlos Varela Rodriguez of Panama. and President Danilo Medina Sanchez of the Dominican Republic.

The first two days of the Summit served as a working session, where foreign ministers of participating countries and technical persons hammered out agreements in various areas of interest including trade, poverty-alleviation, border migration, education and health.
On Monday foreign ministers from across the region, with the participation of the Dominican Republic as an associated state, met in session with Taiwanese foreign Minister David Lin.

Taiwan continues to be one of the foremost contributors to projects in Central American countries. At that session discussions centred on financial assistance in areas of institutional strengthening, disaster preparedness, security, education, health and social and economic integration. Following that meeting, it was agreed that Taiwan would allocate US$23M to SICA for the cooperation period 2015-2016.

Wednesday was the final day of the Summit, with participation from five presidents who flew in for the event. At the end of the day, Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially handed over the pro-tem presidency of SICA to Guatemalan president Otto Peréz Molina, while Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington of Belize and Carlos Raul Molina, who is now to become Guatemala’s Ambassador to the United Nations, signed on to thirteen bi-lateral agreements for cross-border collaboration.

In his report on SICA during Belize’s tenure as President, Prime Minister Barrow declared: “I am happy to be able to say that SICA is strong and that our efforts at building better economies, stronger democracies, healthier environments and inclusive societies continue to bear good fruit”.

Guatemala will be SICA’s pro-tem president for the next six months.

DominicanRepublic,cluded discussions and presentations on various topics of collaboration and development between the seven member states of SICA. But because of recent tensions between Guatemala and Belize, the highlight became the signing of thirteen bi-lateral agreements between the two countries. The agreements cover a vast spectrum of topics, all designed as part of the wider scheme of confidence-building and the forging of a stronger relationship in the face of the border dispute and claim. They include partnership in areas like deportation, prisoner exchange, visa waivers for students, environmental issues, education exchanges and tourism.

Also because of the tension between both countries, Guatemalan President Otto Peréz Molina made a point to state that – “Guatemala and Belize will be neighbours forever and for this reason we want to live in peace and we’re partners in the development of our populations and it’s important to understand that Guatemala does not constitute and will never constitute a threat for Belize.”

The first two days of the Summit served as a working session, where foreign ministers of participating countries and technical persons hammered out agreements in different areas of Central American cooperating, including trade, poverty-alleviation, border migration, education and health. On Monday foreign ministers from across the region, with the participation of the Dominican Republic as an associated state, met in session with Taiwanese foreign Minister David Lin. Taiwan continues to be one of the foremost contributors to projects in Central American countries. At that session discussions centred on financial assistance in areas of institutional strengthening, disaster preparedness, security, education health and social and economic integration. Following that meeting, it was agreed that Taiwan would allocate US$23M to SICA for the cooperation period 2015-2016.

Wednesday was the final day of the Summit, with participation from five presidents who flew in for the event. At the end of the day, Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially handed over the pro-tem presidency of SICA to Guatemalan president Otto Peréz Molina, while foreign ministers for Belize and Guatemala signed on to the thirteen bi-lateral agreements for cross-border collaboration. According to Prime Minister Barrow, “I am happy to be able to say that SICA is strong and that our efforts at building better economies, stronger democracies, healthier environments and inclusive societies continue to bear good fruit”.

Guatemala will be SICA’s pro-tem president for the next six months.

The first two days of the Summit served as a working session, where foreign ministers of participating countries and technical persons hammered out agreements in various areas of interest including trade, poverty-alleviation, border migration, education and health.
On Monday foreign ministers from across the region, with the participation of the Dominican Republic as an associated state, met in session with Taiwanese foreign Minister David Lin.

Taiwan continues to be one of the foremost contributors to projects in Central American countries. At that session discussions centred on financial assistance in areas of institutional strengthening, disaster preparedness, security, education, health and social and economic integration. Following that meeting, it was agreed that Taiwan would allocate US$23M to SICA for the cooperation period 2015-2016.

Wednesday was the final day of the Summit, with participation from five presidents who flew in for the event. At the end of the day, Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially handed over the pro-tem presidency of SICA to Guatemalan president Otto Peréz Molina, while Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington of Belize and Carlos Raul Molina, who is now to become Guatemala’s Ambassador to the United Nations.signed on to thirteen bi-lateral agreements for cross-border collaboration.

In his report on SICA during Belize’s tenure as President, Prime Minister Barrow declared: “I am happy to be able to say that SICA is strong and that our efforts at building better economies, stronger democracies, healthier environments and inclusive societies continue to bear good fruit”.
Guatemala will be SICA’s pro-tem president for the next six months. .

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