The Federal Republic of Germany staunchly supported Belize’s right to self-determination in the United Nations (UN) and recognised it as an independent state on 21 September 1981, the first country to do so after the United Kingdom. The establishment of diplomatic relations followed in 1982. Bilateral relations are amicable and untroubled. Belize frequently supports German interests in the UN.
Belize is a partner in regional projects being implemented as part of German development cooperation. One such project is the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund), whose aim is to protect the coral reef off the country’s coast. Another is the Selva Maya project, which is working to preserve the primeval forest in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.
A group of Mennonites of German origin immigrated to Belize in the 1950s via Canada and Mexico. Originally numbering 3500 but now approximately 10,000 strong, they speak an old German dialect but are not German citizens. They play practically no part in the country’s political life but are highly successful in agriculture, in the artisanal trades and in small-scale industry.
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