Guatemalan President says taking Belize to the ICJ is top priority of his government

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Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2017. 7:12 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday BBN reported that the Guatemalan Congress voted to hold a referendum on the Belize/Guatemala Territorial Claim.

In a final count of 102 to 158, the  Congress supported the decision to hold the referendum to determine if the border dispute with Belize should be settled in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tribunal has been given the green light to make preparations for the referendum, however, a date has not been set yet.

Last night, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales posted the following on social media:

“When Guatemalans work together, there are important achievements. Today the Congress of the Republic adopted with 102 votes a popular consultation by the supreme electoral tribunal to resolve the territorial dispute with Belize at the International Court of Justice.”

Morales further explained that the “issue of Belize” has been a priority of his government and despite the fact that the road is still long, taking the issue to the ICJ is an important step towards legal certainty and the definitive definition of borders in this historic dispute.

Morales also encouraged Guatemalans to participate fully in the referendum.

“As Guatemalans, our patriotic duty is to be fully involved in this process, as the decision to take is in the hands of all citizens, blessings!,” Morales further stated.

Along with his statement, Morales posted the attached picture.

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