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Guatemala’s Cooperation With the Permanent Court of Arbitration

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By Roy  Lie A Tjam

The Hague, on 8 December 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala and the Permanent Court of Arbitration signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. A memorandum of cooperation aims among other things to promote mutual assistance and the sharing of expertise.

The PCA is an intergovernmental organization providing a variety of dispute resolution services to international parties from around the world.The Court of Arbitration or the Permanent Court of Arbitration often referred to as the PCA. Its headquarter is at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Mr. Marcin Czepelak, Secretary General, of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and H.E. Mr. Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala.

Representing the PCA, Mr. Marcin Czepelak, Secretary-General, Mr Martin Doe, Senior Legal Counsel, Mr. Markel Eguiluz Parte, Assistant Legal Counsel, and Ms. Ana Escobar, Assistant Legal Counsel

Representing Guatemala, H.E. Mr. Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Lesther Antonio Ortega Lemus, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in The Hague.

H.E. Mr. Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala., Mr. Marcin Czepelak, Secretary General, of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and Mr. Lesther Antonio Ortega Lemus, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in The Hague.

The meeting started with a guided tour of the Peace Palace by Mr Doe. Subsequently, the Guatemala delegation joined the PCA Secretary-General in the Small Hall of Justice for the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation.

H.E. Mr Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, visited The Hague from 7th to 9th December 2022. Búcaro Flores visit included heading Guatemala’s Delegation to the Assembly of States Parties of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and filing Guatemala’s Reply in the case concerning Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim(Guatemala-Belize) before the International Court of Justice(ICJ)

However, the highlight of Minister Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores’s visit was the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Permanent Court of Arbitration during a work meeting with PCA’s Secretary General  Mr Marcin Czepelak.

Lesther Ortega Lemus and Secretary General, Marcin Czepelak.

Minister Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores also met with OPCW’s Director General, Ambassador Fernando Arias, who briefed him on the most pressing topics, including the ChemTech Centre and the situation in Syria. He further met with Prosecutor Karim Kahn and President of the Asembly of the States Parties Silvia Fernández, with the Board of the Trust Fund for Victims and other dignitaries in The Hague.

H.E. Mr Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala and Ambassador Fernando Arias, Director-General of the OPCW. Photography by OPCW.

Minister Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores can look back on a successful mission to The Hague.

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