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Guatemalan Congress rejects map to include Belize

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017. 11:23 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Congress of Guatemala has by a landslide vote rejected a proposal to print Guatemalan maps that would include Belize as a part of its territory.

According to the Guatemalan media house Prensa Libre, the congress voted, 84/ 26 against using the map which was proposed by Representative Luis Fernando Montenegro. Parliament further demanded that all Guatemalan agencies use only authorized maps which includes Belize with a dotted line for its western border; and to include the description “boundary not defined.”

Prensa Libre added that Montenegro’s proposal, entitled “Encounter for Guatemala” also carried a component where the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs would produce and distribute the maps which subsumed Belize’s territory into Guatemala.

Montenegro reportedly contended that both public and private educators in Guatemala are aching a “reduced” version of the country’s map.

The Guatemalan media house also said that Representative Mario Taracena, conceded that Montenegro had good intentions with the proposal, but that “the foreign policy of the country is carried by the President of the Republic.”

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