Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017. 6:46 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Confirmed reports to BBN is that the new design of the Guatemalan map that includes Belize as part of their territory has been installed at the Immigration offices at the Western Border.
When Belizeans stamp their passport at the Belize Immigration department, they head over to the Melchor Immigration department to stamp entry to Guatemala.
The newly designed map is posted at the desk where travelers stamp their passports for entry and exit to and from Guatemala. Belize and Guatemala have a long standing territorial dispute and current President Jimmy Morales’ campaign pledge was to ‘recuperate Guatemala’s territory- Belize’.
The countries have proposed to solve the matter at the International Court of Justice, however, both countries would need to carry out a referendum for their people to concede to take the matter to court.
In August of this year, the Guatemalan Congress had voted to hold the referendum on Guatemala- Belize territorial dispute.
Guatemala had initially set dates for their referendum, however, it was set back to further dates a couple times.
Last month, Prensa Libre Guatemala reported that the new date for the referendum in Guatemala will be March 18, 2018.
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