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Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015. 5:39 pm CST.

Monday, November 9, 2015.  Aaron Humes Reporting: The Cabinet has a standing sub-committee on Investment which was last chaired by Senator Godwin Hulse. With effect from Tuesday’s meeting, another such sub-committee will be formed, to address the Guatemala issue. Prime Minister Barrow told us that it is intended to look at all angles of the issue, but not specifically the plans for the referendum on ICJ resolution of the unfounded claim which are outside its remit.

As for what happens next, that ball is in Guatemala’s court, where President-elect Jimmy Morales is to be sworn in in January. P.M. Barrow says he has been invited to a “smaller” gathering of Central American leaders as proposed by Morales but has not decided whether he will go.

However, he has been in touch with the President-elect to congratulate him on his victory and now awaits the appointment of his Cabinet; Carlos Raul Morales (no relation) was Foreign Minister in the tail end of Otto Perez Molina’s presidency and holds over under interim president Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre.

Guatemala continues to claim land mass up to the Sibun River and all of the Sarstoon River and does not officially recognize Belize’s borders.

 

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