May 14, 2000
Guatemala, Belize head to Washington to renew negotiations

                  GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Delegations from Guatemala and Belize will meet at
                  the Washington headquarters of the Organization of American States Monday in
                  another attempt to calm a festering border dispute.

                  Both sides hope the meeting will result in a third round of diplomatic talks.

                  The nations held OAS-mediated talks in late February but failed to accomplish
                  their goal of scheduling a meeting between Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo
                  and Belizean Prime Minister Said Musa.

                  The recent killing of two Guatemalans by border guards from Belize has reignited
                  a century-old border dispute in which Guatemala claims some or all of Belize.

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