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Elrington says Belize serious about referendum in 2019

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017. 9:27 am CST.

By BBN Staff: According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, the Government of Belize is seriously considering holding the referendum in 2019 on taking the Guatemalan territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).


Elrington, giving an interview about his recent meeting with his new Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Jovel, explained that she re-emphasized her country’s commitment to go to referendum next year. Jovel said that Guatemala has set their date for April 15, 2018, and inquired about Belize’s referendum.


“I explained to her that we are constitutionally required to have re-registration, next year… And then, we are constitutionally required to have the elections, the municipal elections, and then we have a requirement to do re-registration. So, I told her that we have to get those done before we would be able to go into our referendum,” Elrington told the media.


In 2012, Belize and Guatemala agreed that both countries would hold simultaneous referenda on October 6, 2013. That agreement never came to fruition, as Guatemala withdrew from the process in early 2013, citing that it was unsure of Belize’s commitment to the process.



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