February 2023 Vol 98

The Consulate of Belize in Florida
Monthly Newsletter
#rememberitsgoodtobebelizean #thewaitisover

Honorary Consul's Monthly Message

Welcome to the February Newsletter!

For most of us, the month of February was uneventful, filled with the usual vicissitudes of life, unlike for our friends in Turkey and Syria who are suffering beyond words can ever describe. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their people as they try to recover and heal from the devastating effects of the earthquake when approximately 50,000 lives perished. Please let us take a moment of silence to remember those whose lives were quickly and unexpectedly snatched and for the survivors who are left behind to pick up the pieces.

The human spirit, however, has an enormous capacity to overcome trials such as this and as difficult as it is, we must keep moving forward. We continue to pray for their and our safety and protection.

For millions of Christians around the world, February marked the beginning of the Lenten season, a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal in anticipation of Easter, commemorating the time over 2000 years ago when Christ died for our sins and gloriously rose from the dead three days later, giving us all ultimate hope and promise of everlasting life.

As we reflect on the comings and goings of February, it was packed with all great things for Belize. 

The Prime Minister of Belize, the Honorable John Briceño was actively engaged in various meetings including the 44thRegular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community held in the Bahamas when they discussed the ongoing situation in Haiti and the challenges faced by Member States.

Of great importance for Belize, during these meetings, CARICOM reiterated their support for Belize, “the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains in steadfast support of Belize's sovereignty and territorial integrity as it draws ever closer to a resolution with its western neighbour, Guatemala.”

The President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mr. Ilan Goldfajn, also met with the PM and the Government of Belize tabled and passed three loan motions to advance the Plan Belize development agenda.  

On the international front, H.E. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Foreign Trade was recently appointed as Chairman of SICA Council of Foreign Ministers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs seamlessly managed all the details related to the historic visit by the President of Cuba, Dr. Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez to further strengthen ties with Cuba. Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a stake holders consultation launched for a feasibility study for the development of an Electronic Single Window for Trade in Belize.

In addition to the Prime Minister's work in the international sphere, the Government of Belize has been working hard throughout the month to further Belize's economic, and social development goals. In the Movers and Shakers section, please read how the Міnіѕtеr of Agriculture, Hon. Јоѕе Аbеlаrdо Маі took on the new position аѕ Рrеѕіdеnt Рrо Теmроrе оf Сеntrаl Аmеrісаn Аgrісulturе аnd Lіvеѕtосk Соunсіl аt ЅІСА-САС. 

The Ministry of Education made some important strides by signing a cultural cooperation agreement with Cuba. Finally, learn how the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing expects to have handed over 262 houses by March 2023.

H.E. Mrs. Rossana Briceño, Spouse of the Prime Minister and Special Envoy for the Development of Families & Children has been making headlines with the tremendous work she has been doing, in her efforts advocating for the rights of the disadvantaged children and elderly in Belize. The Office of the Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children, led by Mrs. Briceño, along with Mrs. Elvira Mendez, the Counsellor for Belize at the IDB Group, presented a donation to Liberty Children's Home and Sister Cecelia Home for the Elderly. The donation totaled $30,000 BZD.

Mrs. Briceño recently traveled to Taiwan to attend a forum on women’s empowerment. She also took the opportunity during her visit to stress the importance of economic empowerment for women and their involvement in decision-making. Additionally, Mrs. Briceño also held an important and successful fundraiser for the Dorothy Menzies Children’s Home this past weekend.

We take the opportunity to congratulate the former Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, H.E. David Chien, honored by Governor General Mrs. Froyla Tzalam with order of distinction for his stellar work in enhancing collaboration and bilateral relations between Taiwan and Belize. I had the pleasure of meeting Ambassador Chien while he was posted in Florida as the Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami and have witnessed the work, he has done in strengthening ties between Taiwan and Belize.

We welcome Her Excellency Lily Li-Wen Hsu, who succeeds Ambassador Chien and we are also happy to have the newly appointed Ambassador to Honduras, His Excellency Nelson Merari Mejia. We wish them all the success in their new appointments.

Once again, the Consulate of Belize in Florida and Consular Corp of Miami, Florida, take the opportunity to thank Mr. Frank del Rio, President, and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line for their generous donation to the Government of Belize towards the hurricane relief efforts and for his invitation to the Honorary Consul, Ms. Janine Sylvestre and the Caribbean Consular Corp to attend an event aboard the Oceania ship.

Because Belizeans do great things wherever they are, we continue to feature stellar Belizeans in the Diaspora community under the Star of the Month section. Please read about the interesting and inspiring life of February’s Star of the Month, Mr. George Gabb.

On the diaspora front, the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations were very active this past weekend after visiting Belizeans residing in Atlanta and Tampa in town hall meetings which were well attended in those two states, listening to the views and concerns of all who attended. The delegation was led by the Hon.Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations.

Minister Mahler addressed the attendees saying “The Government of Belize is committed to mobilizing a productive partnership with the Belizean diaspora.  It will take all Belizeans (those at home, as well as those abroad) to develop our nation. Every single Belizean has a role to play in national development, regardless of place of residency. We have established the Diaspora Relations Unit within the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations to develop this relationship, as well as connect, facilitate, and support our Belizeans living around the world.”

Following the town hall meetings, the Ambassador of Belize in Washington, DC, H.E. Lynn Young, who also attended the meetings in Tampa and Atlanta, visited the Consulate of Belize in Florida and was pleased to find that the new E-Pic passport system at the Consulate, is running smoothly. In the month of February, this Consulate processed 43 passports from applicants traveling from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Texas, and our native Florida.

The Ambassador was also hosted by Mr. Raymond Gongora MBE and Mrs. Veronica Gongora, along with the Consulate of Belize in Florida at a social gathering when members of the diaspora of South Florida attended. The Consulate of Belize in Florida thanks Mr. and Mrs. Gongora for opening their home to us and for their kind hospitality.

This month, we are excited to feature a delicious recipe from the Turtle Inn Hotel, courtesy of Chef Julian. Chef Julian’s Belizean seafood soup is filled with fresh Belizean seafood which abound. And in our Street Food Series, the famous and scrumptious Belizean Salbutes, a proud and true Belizean snack!

Thank you for reading this newsletter. Enjoy and share with your family and friends!


And remember, it is good to be Belizean!

#rememberitsgoodtobebelizean #thewaitisover #staysafe

All my best,

Janine Sylvestre
Hon. Consul of Belize in Florida 
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida
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IDB as a Development Partner for Belize

At the last sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate, three loan motions were passed to advance the Plan Belize development agenda. Hon. Briceño sat with the President of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to sign the three agreements. These included:

The Trade and Investment Facilitation Program for Belize – US$8 Million Loan Motion

The Program for Digital Innovation to Boost Economic Development in Belize – US$10 Million Loan Motion

The Program for Sustainable and Inclusive Belize – US$15 Million Loan Motion to assist micro small and medium enterprises.

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Prime Minister Meets with Director General of the World Trade Organization

Prime Minister Briceño sat down with Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization - WTO and talked about

Ratifying Fishing Convention,

Investment Facilitation Agreement,

Issues in E-Commerce and Service Domestic Regulations were among the topics discussed. She urged that Belize becomes active in these negotiations as they represent possibilities for Belize’s economic growth. We are currently representing Belize at the The Forty-Fourth (44th) Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM: Caribbean Community taking place in Nassau, Bahamas

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Belize and Cuba Bilateral Relations

We value bilateral relationships that have supported nationhood, self-determination, national identity and development. We were pleased to welcome the President of Cuba to Belize H. E. Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel y Bermúdez. Cuba was one of the first regional nations to stand beside Belize as we internationalized our cause for Independence and has remained a strong supporter offering critical assistance in areas of health and education, chiefly.

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Ambassador of Taiwan Honored with Order of Distinction for Outstanding Service to Belize

Таіwаn’ѕ Аmbаѕѕаdоr tо Веlіzе, H. E., Dаvіd Кuаn-Сhоu Сhіеn, wаѕ rесеntlу аwаrdеd thе Оrdеr оf Dіѕtіnсtіоn bу thе Gоvеrnmеnt оf Веlіzе fоr hіѕ ехсерtіоnаl ѕеrvісе tо thе соuntrу. Тhе соnfеrrаl wаѕ hеld оn Fеbruаrу 10, 2023, аt thе Веlіzе Ноuѕе іn Веlmораn аnd wаѕ аttеndеd bу Рrіmе Міnіѕtеr Јоhn Вrісеñо аnd оthеr mіnіѕtеrѕ оf thе gоvеrnmеnt.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Prime Minister Discuss Financial Developments

Рrіmе Міnіѕtеr Јоhn Вrісеñо wеlсоmеd tо Веlіzе, thе mіѕѕіоn tеаm оf thе Іntеrnаtіоnаl Моnеtаrу Fund (ІМF). РМ Вrісеñо mеt wіth Рhіllір Јеnnіngѕ, Ехесutіvе Dіrесtоr, Оffісе оf thе Ехесutіvе Dіrесtоr fоr Саnаdа, Іrеlаnd аnd thе Саrіbbеаn.

Јеnnіngѕ јоіnѕ thе ІМF tеаm оf есоnоmіѕtѕ thаt іѕ рrеѕеntlу іn Веlіzе соnduсtіng аn Аrtісlе ІV соnѕultаtіоn аѕѕеѕѕіng есоnоmіс аnd fіnаnсіаl dеvеlорmеntѕ.

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Conclusion of the Forty-Fourth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community 

The speakers each made reference to the ongoing situation in Haiti and the challenges faced by Member States. They also spoke to the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be celebrated later this year. Read More

H.E. Mrs. Rossana Briceño, Arrived in Taiwan to Attend a Forum on Women’s Empowerment.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned the International Cooperation and Development Fund to launch a program in 2021 to assist Taiwan‘s diplomatic allies in Latin America and the Caribbean with post-COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery and to support local women’s empowerment

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Giving Back to the Elderly and Children

I am grateful to Ms. Elvira Mendez - Counselor Belize in the IDB Group and Office of the Executive Director of IDB for the gift of BZD$30,000.

Today, I presented those funds to Helpage Belize for the Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly and the management of Liberty Children's Home. The gift is the result of fundraising by the IDB Staff groups following Hurricane Lisa. Read More

Fundraising Gala for Dorothy Menzies Children's Home

Mrs. Rossana Briceño is a passionate advocate for Belize children. Recently, she attended a special gala for the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Centre, an organization that has been providing support for Belize’s children for many years. Not only did she attend the event, she also made a generous donation to ensure that the Centre can continue its vital work. Mrs. Briceño’s presence at the event was greatly appreciated by those in attendance and showed her commitment to improving the lives of Belize’s children.

ICJ Sets time Limits in

Belize v Honduras Case

On February 2, 2023, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an order fixing time limits for the filing of written pleadings from Belize and Honduras in the case regarding the sovereignty of the Sapodilla Cayes – a marine-protected area located in the southernmost region of Belize’s marine space. Belize was given 4 months to file its Memorial in the case. Read More

Minister Courtenay is Chairman of SICA Council of Foreign Ministers

On Wednesday, February 1, a small ceremony was held in Belmopan at which the chairmanship of SICA’s (Central American Integration System) Council of Foreign Ministers was handed over to Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Read More

Stakeholder Consultation Launched for Feasibility Study for the Development of Electronic Single Window for Trade in Belize

Оn Fеbruаrу 27, 2023, thе Dіrесtоrаtе Gеnеrаl fоr Fоrеіgn Тrаdе, thrоugh thе Міnіѕtrу оf Fоrеіgn Аffаіrѕ, Fоrеіgn Тrаdе, аnd Іmmіgrаtіоn, lаunсhеd thе Ѕtаkеhоldеr соnѕultаtіоn fоr thе fеаѕіbіlіtу ѕtudу fоr thе dеvеlорmеnt оf аn Еlесtrоnіс Ѕіnglе Wіndоw fоr Тrаdе іn Веlіzе. Read More

Governor-General Welcomes New Ambassadors from Taiwan and Honduras to Belize

Рrеѕеntіng thеіr сrеdеntіаlѕ tоdау аrе Веlіzе’ѕ nеwеѕt mеmbеrѕ оf thе dірlоmаtіс аnd соnѕulаr соrрѕ frоm twо оf іtѕ lоngеѕt-ѕtаndіng аllу соuntrіеѕ. Тhеіr Ехсеllеnсіеѕ Lіlу Lі-Wеn Нѕu аnd Nеlѕоn Меrаrі Мејіа rерrеѕеnt thе Rерublіс оf Сhіnа (Таіwаn) аnd thе Rерublіс оf Ноndurаѕ, rеѕресtіvеlу. Read More

Honorary Consul Sylvestre Thanks Norwegian Cruise Line for their $100,000 USD Donation

H.C. Sylvestre Signs the Condolence Book at the Consulate General of Turkey Following the Earthquakes

CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Mr. Frank Del Rio, Meets with H.C. Ms. Janine Sylvestre

H.C. Meets with Minister of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Charles Henry Fernandez

Ambassador Visits The Consulate of Belize in Florida

Meet and Greet for Ambassador Young

Tampa and Atlanta Town Hall Meetings

Passport Updates

Our New Epic System is Now Officially Up and Running!

All those who were on our waitlist have been called, and we now have availability for appointments.

If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give our office a call to check for availability. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Belizean Diaspora in the USA

Belize Business Directory

USA Database

Here at the Consulate, we continue to work diligently in updating our database by calling members of the Belizean Diaspora and asking for their most recent contact information. This is to ensure we are able to share upcoming events, new services, and business opportunities in a timely manner. We appreciate your cooperation and support in sharing your contact information. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Market your Business in our Consulate's Website

The Consulate's Belize Business Directory is new and improved!

The Directory's objective is to promote Belizean businesses in the US and in Belize. If you own a business or know of a Belizean who does and would like to publish it on our website, please send us an email with your contact information so that we can add it to our Belizean Business Directory.

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Turkey and Syria Earthquakes

We are deeply saddened by the events that transpired in Turkey and Syria during the month of February. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by these devastating earthquakes. We would like to thank GEM Global for their work in providing immediate aid to those in need.

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Tourism Tidbits

High-Level Belize Tourism and Diaspora Delegation Set to Visit Atlanta

A high-level delegation landed in Atlanta Feb. 23 to engage with members of the country’s diaspora and promote enhanced tourism and business ties. 

The group was led by Anthony Mahler, Minister of tourism and diaspora affairs, it also featured government officials who joined thea town hall with the Belizean community.

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Trade and Investment Tidbits

Belize-American Chamber of Commerce Returns with 7th Annual Trade Mission into Belize

Join leaders and investors from the United States for the organization’s 7th annual bout of sharing the beauty, benefits, and business opportunities in Belize. The group welcomes a rigorous itinerary for March 7th through 12th. “This 7th year is even more important because it marks the return time when we started our first Trade Mission in March 2016. 

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Cultural Tidbits

Dr. Joseph Palacio Presents Anthropological Works on Belize and Garinagu People

Веlіzе’ѕ fоrеmоѕt ѕосіаl ѕсіеntіѕt аnd оrіgіnаl аrсhаеоlоgіѕt, Dr. Јоѕерh Раlасіо, hаѕ рublіѕhеd а thrее-vоlumе ѕеrіеѕ tіtlеd “Тhе Рrасtісіng Аnthrороlоgіѕt,” rерrеѕеntіng hіѕ lіfе’ѕ wоrk thаt bеgаn іn Ваrrаnсо, Тоlеdо Dіѕtrісt; соntіnuеd іn ісу Тоrоntо, Оntаrіо, Саnаdа, аnd реаkеd іn ѕunnу Саlіfоrnіа, but ultіmаtеlу lеd bасk hоmе.

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George Michael Gabb

George Michael Gabb was born and raised in Belize, the son of renowned Belizean sculptor George Seymour Gabb. George Michael's father was known for his iconic artwork, The Sleeping Giant, which was featured on the $100 Belizean bill. His father believed in helping the community and often worked to provide resources and support to those in need. Aspiring to follow in his father's footsteps, George Michael Gabb has dedicated his life to helping others and making a positive difference.

Motivated by his passion for knowledge, George Michael decided to move to the United States at the age of 17 to further his education. He started by earning an associate degree from Broward College in the late 1980s and went on to obtain a bachelor's in psychology, a master's in computer information, and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

With an extensive background in technology and an unwavering commitment to utilize his knowledge and skill to contribute to society, Mr. Gabb was a natural fit for Miami Dade College (MDC). He quickly distinguished himself among his colleagues as a diligent and talented instructor. His various academic accomplishments and passion for technology shined bright throughout his career and by 1998, Gabb was tabbed as chairperson of the North Campus EnTec Department, a position he held for the next fifteen years.

As an experienced computer information systems professor for the past nine years, Mr. Gabb has utilized his knowledge and expertise to provide the students of North Campus with the skills and tools they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. He is committed to ensuring that all students have access to the most up-to-date technology and resources available, as well as providing them with a comprehensive education in the field of computer information systems.

Mr. Gabb’s dedication to his students and passion for education inspired him to create the Digital Tribe Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to refurbish computers and provide them to impoverished communities in Belize. Through his efforts, more than 40 computers have been donated to the country, allowing many of its citizens to access educational resources they would not have been able to otherwise.


Some of the places that received these electronics included an orphanage and two local schools in Belize, with the purpose of inspiring Belizean youth to pursue STEM careers.

He intends to expand the program to include ten more schools in 2023. Fortunately, the project will continue to grow. Miami Dade College’s North Campus will expand the program by offering a six-week study abroad course in the summer of 2023 with the intention of repurposing 100 computers.

Students enrolled in four computer support courses will begin an ambitious project where they will be renovating desktop computers and then travelling to Belize for five weeks to set up the equipment. The trip abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students to gain practical experience in the field of computer support. This project will provide the students with the hands-on experience and cultural immersion that they need to further their professional development.

Anthony Lee, a computer science professor at North Campus, is tasked with helping the students fix the computers. This will provide them with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with other cultures and a valuable service-learning experience. Through this, students gain a deeper understanding of not just the technical aspects of computing, but also the cultural aspects of collaboration. This project will prove to be a unique and rewarding experience for those who partake in it.

After the computers go online in Belize, students will have access to code.org, a site that teaches kids coding without a teacher’s assistance. “This is going to be a great joint effort between Miami Dade College, led by Dr. George Gabb and persons or organizations there in Belize, that’s going to build a great long-term relationship that will allow students there to have our technology,” Lee said. 

Mr. Gabb hopes the study abroad project to Belize blazes a path for more cultural exchange opportunities and stated, “This project brings exposure, experience, and learning opportunities, both academically and socially, for MDC students,”. Professor George Michael Gabb, who also teaches college students about responsible computing and regularly speaks about the need for increased digital literacy, is an example of a teacher who is truly making a difference in the world.

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Landmark Building of the Month

The Belize Supreme Court building that stands today was built in 1926 and is the third incarnation of the facility. The first two burnt to the ground, first in 1820, then again in 1918. The Supreme Court Building features classic British Colonial architecture, complete with a clock tower that has four clocks - one for each cardinal point.


Belizeanism of the Month

Hag ax e ma, "Weh mek you mout so lang?" E ma tell a(m), "When you get lee bigger, you wa(n) know."

Literally: Hog asks its mother, "What makes your mouth so long?" Its mother tells it, "When you get a little bigger you will know."

Meaning: Wise people are not as quick to criticize as inexperienced people.

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Belizean Seafood Soup by Chef Julian


  • 4 oz. wild caught shrimp
  • 4 oz. conch
  • 4 oz. snapper or hogfish
  • 4 oz. locally-sourced calamari (if available)
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 oz. tomato, diced
  • 6 oz. onions, diced 
  • 8 oz. vegetable stock
  • 6 oz. seafood stock
  • 4 tbsp. basil
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 6 oz. tomato sauce
  • 8 tbsp. white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste 




  • 1 pound fresh corn masa or 1½ cups Quaker Masa Harina de Maiz mix
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano,
  • divided 2 cups red onion,
  • slice 1 jalapeño pepper, deseeded, sliced
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Tortilla Press

Preparation & Method


Mix masa, flour, baking powder, salt and water until soft and masa holds together. If using Masa Harina, follow instructions on package. Divide masa and shape into 1½ inch balls. Place ball of masa in-between 2 sheets of parchment paper in the center of a tortilla press and flatten. Heat oil in a large frying pan and fry until lightly browned, but not crisp. The masa will inflate. Remove from frying pan and drain.


Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and ½ teaspoon oregano. Boil in enough water to cover chicken for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked. Remove from water, cool and shred. Reserve chicken broth.


Bring reserved broth to a boil, add onions, jalapeño pepper, vinegar and ½ teaspoon oregano. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain, reserve onions and pepper.

Place inflated fried corn round on a serving plate, press down slightly to flatten. Top with shredded chicken, onions and jalapeño pepper.

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Prime Minister Briceño's Latest Statement on the ICJ

On September 26, as Prime Minister Briceno addressed the Protocolary Session of the (OAS), he reiterated the important role the organization has played in not only for the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize but in relations among all Member States.

I emphasized our hope for a peaceful solution to the Guatemala Belize matter currently at the ICJ, where Belize is allowed to maintain the integrity of all its borders.

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Belize Submits Its Counter-Memorial to the ICJ Regarding the Guatemalan Claim

On June 3rd during the sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister John Briceño announced that Belize delivered its counter-memorial to the Registrar of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Belize’s counter-memorial makes a robust defence of Belize’s sovereignty over its entire territory including islands and the pertaining maritime areas under international law. Following the timetable announced by the Court, which was amended as a result of the pandemic, Guatemala submitted its memorial on December 8, 2020, and is due to submit its reply to Belize’s counter-memorial in December 2022. Belize will then have until June 2023 to submit its rejoinder, after which the Court will set a date for the oral hearings. Briceno says that the hearing is expected to possibly be held by 2024.
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