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The Navy granted land use for security bases on Isla Contoy and Banco Chinchorro

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The Ministry of the Interior (Segob) has issued an agreement granting the navy use land authorization. The two areas of land will be used for security bases.

A publication made December 13 in the Official Gazette of the Federation details the two plots of land granted for navy use. One plot is 1.5 hectares located in the Banco Chinchorro region of the municipality of Othón P. Blanco.

The second is a .8 hectare of land located on Isla Contoy in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Semar will be able to use both for an indefinite period.

The agreement states that “Article 48 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States establishes that the islands, keys and reefs of the adjacent seas that belong to the national territory, the continental platform, the submarine bases of the islands of the keys and reefs, territorial seas, internal maritime waters and the space located on the national territory, will depend directly on the Government of the Federation, with the exception of those islands over which to date the states have exercised jurisdiction.”

The two pieces of land were signed over for use after in May, Semar made the request to the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) to “increase efficiency in the execution of their tasks in order to safeguard sovereignty and defend the integrity of the national territory in the territorial sea, islands and continental shelf, as well as maintaining the Rule of Law in the Mexican marine zones, through surveillance, verification, visit, inspection or other actions provided for in the applicable legal provisions.”