Saint Lucia and Barbados negotiating maritime agreement

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Saint Lucia and Barbados negotiating maritime agreement

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CMC – Barbados and St. Lucia have ended talks here aimed at establishing an agreement on maritime boundaries between the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

A government statement said that officials from the two countries ended four days of talks here Friday and ‘prepared the draft text of a maritime boundary delimitation agreement”.

It said they were joined by officials from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who had recently concluded similar negotiations with Barbados.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados signed a Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreement on August 31, last year.

The statement said that the two delegations were supported by a team from the Commonwealth Secretariat and that the heads of delegations underlined “that these negotiations and, in particular, the provisional agreement between Barbados and St. Lucia bear testimony to the spirit of cordiality and good-neighbourliness that has characterised all of these discussions.

“The United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, to which both countries are party, entitles them to claim an Exclusive Economic Zone of up to 200 nautical miles. As a result of the proximity of these States, there is a necessity to delimit their maritime boundaries,” the statement noted.

The delimitation of maritime boundaries facilitates the effective governance of these maritime spaces and creates certainty for users, the statement added.

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