Antigua and Barbuda PM Browne signs maritime boundary agreement with Anguilla

Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed a historic agreement between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the United Kingdom establishing a maritime boundary between Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla on 28th July 2021. 

PM Browne and UK’s Resident British Commissioner, Lindsy Thompson.
PM Browne and UK’s Resident British Commissioner, Lindsy Thompson.

Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed a historic agreement between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the United Kingdom establishing a maritime boundary between Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla on 28th July 2021. 

Notably, the agreement establishes a maritime boundary between Antigua and Barbuda and the United Kingdom in respect of Anguilla.

Prime Minister Browne said this signing signifies the culmination of work started in 2017 and resulted in two rounds of physical negotiations.

While the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Browne said, “Antigua and Barbuda takes another key step in accomplishing this potential. When we build the outer limits of our maritime space, we can grow and implement methods for the utilization of the space to its full economic potential.”

 

In addition, from this agreement, Antigua and Barbuda have delimited three of five maritime boundaries.

PM Browne further noted that To date, we have signed an agreement with the French Republic in respect of Guadeloupe and St. Barthelemy and this week, with the UK in respect of Anguilla. “We have achieved more than 75% of the total length of the boundaries to be delimited with this agreement.” 

Prime Minister Browne explained that what remains delimited are the boundaries with Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. He looks ahead to the commencement of negotiations with the UK to delimit the boundary with Montserrat.

“My Government is pledged to ensuring that the outstanding boundaries are completed in the shortest reasonable time in order to position Antigua and Barbuda to continue to lead within the OECS on the development and implementation of the blue economy including blue growth,” PM Browne added.

These crucial negotiations were lead and chaired at the Maritime Boundary Signing ceremony on Tuesday, by Ambassador Dwight Gardiner, Director/ Registrar General of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services (ADOMS).

He expressed happiness over the progress of this process of maritime boundary delimitation.

Ms. Thompson noted the significance of the Maritime agreement, especially in light of continued dialogue addressing issues that threaten the ocean’s role in supporting all life.

He further noted, “As parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the UK and Antigua and Barbuda are joined in the common endeavour of upholding the Convention in all its dimensions, as an important enabler of global prosperity, security and healthy planet. And agreeing on maritime boundaries provides to good friendly relations and international peace and security and enables nations to work together to conserve and sustainably manage our shared global ocean.” 

The UK Resident British Commissioner showed that the UK looks forward to continuing the excellent relationship with Antigua and Barbuda as the nation’s move to consider other outstanding maritime delimitation issues.