Chamizal Treaty to celebrate 50th anniversary
EL PASO — The Mexican Consulate General in El Paso and the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez cordially invite the public to the Commemorative Ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Chamizal Treaty.
The treaty resolved in a friendly manner the territorial disputes between the two countries that began in the mid 19th century.
"It was a dispute against the properties," said Amador Jaime who was enjoying an afternoon walk at the park. "Something about the river changing course."
After a severe flood in the mid 1860's the Chamizal area would forever be changed.
The flood altered the course of the Rio Grande and the Chamizal Tract, giving the United States part of Cordova Island.
Jaime said he doesn't remember the dispute for the land, but he had been deployed overseas.
"When I came back everything was different," Jaime said.
During the Cold War era, Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos and John F. Kennedy met in Mexico City to talk about several issues including the land dispute on the border.
"I remember when Kennedy came over," Jaime said. "He was the first who initiated the treaties."
As a way to improve relations between both countries, JFK agreed to a solution but after he was shot and killed in Dallas, Lyndon B. Johnson carried on with the treaty.
While Jaime admits the border would be very different, he said the treaty was good for both countries.
"I think it was a fair or equal change of property," Jaime said.
The event will be at Museum of the Revolution of the Frontier (MUREF), Avenue 16th of September and Avenue Juarez, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.