Belize and Guatemala

House of Lords written question – answered at on 5 May 2009.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 30 March (WA 178), (a) what is the breakdown of the £500,000 allocated to projects in Belize and Guatemala from their conflict prevention pool during the 2008—09 financial year, and (b) what steps have been or are being taken to ensure that this funding is spent on conflict prevention.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

During financial year 2008-09, a total of £517,000 was allocated from the tri-departmental conflict prevention pool to projects in Belize and Guatemala. These projects aimed to encourage confidence-building measures between the Governments of Belize and Guatemala to help them reach a settlement on their long running territorial dispute, with a view eventually to referring the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for resolution.

The breakdown of expenditure is as follows: £200,000 for the Organisation of American States (OAS) Belize/Guatemala: ICJ Legal Fees Fund; £125,000 support to the OAS office in the Adjacency Zone (in the Belize/ Guatemala border); £75,000 support for information and awareness raising campaigns in Belize; £90,000 for confidence-building measures; £27,000 for research projects.

Project bids were initially assessed against our conflict prevention strategy for the Americas and are monitored by our embassies in Belize and Guatemala and through the OAS, including through periodic progress and evaluation reports.

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Kaihsu Tai
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 12:32 am (Report this annotation)

This website seems to explain the connection between Ashcroft and Belize: ‘Michael Ashcroft grew up in Belize after his father had been posted there by the Foreign Office. In 1982 he revisited the country and fell in love with its people and culture for a second time. Michael Ashcroft is now a major investor in Belize. He also funds educational charitable projects in Belize and neighbouring islands. Between 1998 – 2000 he was the Belizean Ambassador to the United Nations. He was nominated for his knighthood by the Belizean government.’