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France, Netherlands sign border demarcation accord

By AFP
May 28, 2023

MARIGOT: France and the Netherlands have signed a historic accord demarcating the border between the two countries on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean. Around 400 years ago, two groups of runners -- one Dutch, one French -- are said to have set off from the same point on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin to trace the border between their nations.

Starting from a bay on the east coast and running in opposite directions, the runners in 1648 eventually met on the west coast of the island, with a straight line between the two points forming the international border ever since.

The Netherlands took the southern part, which they named Sint Maarten, with the athletic feat and the peaceful coexistence of the two colonial powers leading to the territory being dubbed the “friendly island”.