Belize and Guatemala to proceed with referendum to the ICJ

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015. BMG: Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington has confirmed that he will be travelling to Guatemala later this month to sign an amendment known in French as the ‘Compromis’ This is a special agreement that was signed by Belize and Guatemala in 2008 in reference to the territorial dispute and whether it should be taken to the International Court of Justice.

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington

Elrington’s trip is a result of a request made by Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul to make changes to the agreement. This is being done because Guatemala wants an individual referendum before its general elections in September but it is until now that the Belizean public has been made aware of this decision by the government to accept these changes to the agreement.

There were no consultations on this bold Guatemalan proposal since the decision was made by the government before telling Belizeans about the matter. Foreign Minister Elrington has gone on record to state that the Government officials are not obligated to inform the public on each and every action they take.

When Elrington spoke to the media he said, “I think it’s going to be the twenty-fifth or the twenty-fourth and then I would sign the amended Special Agreement on the twenty-fifth, along with the Guatemalan foreign minister and that would be witnessed by the outgoing Secretary General of the O.A.S. Miguel Insulza and that would be his last working day as O.A.S. Secretary General.” We’ll bring the update of that meeting at Months end.

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