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Security will drive enhanced Guatemala-Belize links

Friday, January 9, 2015

Subject

The Guatemala-Belize bilateral relationship.

Significance

On December 17, the governments of Guatemala and Belize signed 13 agreements to boost economic and security cooperation. Common challenges, chiefly violent crime and joint economic development, are driving closer cooperation, while a boundary dispute that has soured bilateral relations for decades remains unresolved.

Impacts

  • The border dispute will remain encapsulated in order to allow a common approach to economic development in border areas.
  • Mobility of workers and students between the two countries will increase.
  • Both countries will also work towards regional initiatives regarding the combating of organised crime.
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