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Guatemala to produce maps including Belizean territory ahead of referendum

Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017. 11:14 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: According to reports from Channel 5 and Love FM, Guatemalan authorities are preparing to make maps that depict Belize as part of Guatemala ahead of the scheduled March 11 referendum in which Guatemalans will vote whether or not to take the long-standing territorial claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to Channel 5 News, the inclusion of Belize as part of Guatemala on their version of the map is a part of that country’s awareness campaign being undertaken in schools. According to the report, Belize will be highlighted as a ‘territory under dispute’.

Love FM quoted Rafael Salazar, of Guatemala’s Ministry of External Affairs as saying: “They are preparing everything and taking all necessary measures so that by the start of the new, educational textbooks with the topic and a complete map, including Belize, with a dotted line and the labeled, “Territory in Dispute’, be produced. Our claim is the entire country. How much we will recover be the decision of the International Court of Justice. We respect the self-determination of Belizeans. If they want to be Guatemalans, Guatemala’s constitution recognized them as Guatemalans. If not, then they can stay in the territory assigned to them by the court.”

Belize is expected to hold its own referendum by late 2018 or early 2019.

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