Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 12, 2009 14:26 ET

Governor General Meets With Representatives of the Organization of American States in the Adjacency Zone Between Guatemala and Belize

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2009) -

Editors note: A photo is included with this press release on Marketwire's website.

Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and her husband, Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, met with representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone between Guatemala and Belize, who promote peace and cooperation between Guatemalans and Belizeans.

Their Excellencies recognized the work being done by the OAS to promote peace and co-operation between Guatemalans and Belizeans. They expressed Canada's support towards the peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute between the two countries. Their Excellencies also discussed with youths who use the arts as a tool to promote a culture of peace.

Located between the towns of Benque Viejo, Belize, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, the Office of the Secretary to the OAS was established to support the implementation of the Confidence-Building Measures Agreement, signed by both nations in 2003, and renewed and expanded in 2005. One of the most important tasks of this special mission is that of verification, investigation and follow-up on events or incidents occurring within the zone.

Read the blog from the Director of the Office of the Secretary to the OAS Mr. Miguel Angel Trinidad posted on http://www.citizenvoices.gg.ca/en/blogs/rideau_hall/336.

You will find attached a photo of Their Excellencies' meeting with representatives of the Organization of American States in the Adjacency Zone between Guatemala and Belize.

Photo credit: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall, (C) 2009 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

Video of the meeting will be available later today on the FTP site http://media.gg.ca.

Video credit: MCpl Evan Kuelz, Rideau Hall, (C) 2009 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

Follow the State visits to Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica through the speeches, photos and videos available daily at www.gg.ca. Blogs written by Their Excellencies and the delegates are posted on www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.

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