BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday March 7, 2016 – The governments of Barbados and St. Lucia are proceeding with the negotiation and conclusion of an agreement that will establish a maritime boundary between the two states.
Officials from the two countries met in Barbados last week to prepare a draft of the maritime boundary delimitation agreement. They were joined by officials from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who recently concluded similar negotiations with Barbados. St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados signed a Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreement on August 31.
The delegations were supported by a team from the Commonwealth Secretariat headed by Rosemarie Cadogan, Legal Adviser, Maritime Boundaries.
The heads of each delegation underscored that the negotiations and, in particular, the provisional agreement between Barbados and St. Lucia, bear testimony to the spirit of cordiality that has characterized all of these negotiations.
The United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, to which both states 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 delimitation of maritime boundaries facilitates the effective governance of these maritime spaces and creates certainty for users.