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SG/SM/19573
10 May 2019

Secretary-General Welcomes Spirit of Cooperation in Effort to Resolve Belize-Guatemala Border Differendum

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General took note of the decision of the people of Belize and Guatemala, through referenda held in each country on 8 May 2019 and 15 April 2018 respectively, to submit their border differendum to the International Court of Justice for a final settlement.  Established by the Charter as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the Court is an essential mechanism for the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The Secretary-General welcomes the spirit of cooperation with which both countries have sought to resolve this matter.

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