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Belize’s Oil Boom Threatens To Escalate Border Dispute

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dc.contributor.author Louisa Reynolds
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-24T18:14:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-24T18:14:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12222
dc.description.abstract Belize’s decision to grant four oil contracts in a border area known as the Adjacency Zone, which extends one kilometer on either side of the 1859 treaty line, could reignite tensions with neighboring Guatemala. During the past two years, Belize has granted 17 oil-exploration contracts--four in the Adjacency Zone--to a wide range of US, British, Irish, and Taiwanese corporations. Guatemalan Foreign Minister Haroldo Rodas explains that his country is currently claiming Belize’s entire land, insular, and maritime territory, which is why it is important to monitor all oil-exploration activity in the Adjacency Zone. Rodas admits that there are no legal impediments for Belize to grant oil-exploration licenses in the border area but that Belize’s activities cast doubt on its will to preserve a peaceful relationship with Guatemala as stated in the Framework for Negotiations and Confidence Building Measures Between Belize and Guatemala, signed by both countries in 2005 under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Adjacency Zone en_US
dc.subject 1859 treaty line en_US
dc.subject Guatemala en_US
dc.subject exploration contracts en_US
dc.subject BNE en_US
dc.subject Belize National Energy en_US
dc.subject Orange Walk en_US
dc.subject Perenco Limited en_US
dc.subject Chinese Petroleum Corporation en_US
dc.subject OPIC en_US
dc.subject Sarstoon National Park en_US
dc.subject grant en_US
dc.subject licenses en_US
dc.subject Framework for Negotiations and Confidence Building Measures between Belize and Guatemala en_US
dc.subject Organization of American States en_US
dc.subject OAS en_US
dc.subject International Court of Justice en_US
dc.subject ICJ en_US
dc.subject Alvaro Colom en_US
dc.subject Spanish Lookout en_US
dc.subject oilfield en_US
dc.subject Never Delay en_US
dc.title Belize’s Oil Boom Threatens To Escalate Border Dispute en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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