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Guatemala’s referendum campaign intensifies

Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2018. 11:07 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: With only eight more days until Guatemala’s national referendum, their Government and people have intensified their campaign encouraging Guatemalan residents to vote in favor of taking the long standing dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have stepped up their campaign  in an attempt to ensure that as many people as possible go to the polls informed, but also motivate the vote.

Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry released a campaign video in which a renowned Guatemalan gymnast invited their populace to vote in their national referendum so that they can resolve the dispute.

Many Guatemalan media outlets reported that Belize is an independent nation, however, Guatemala does not recognize Belize as an independent nation because the British invaded lands that they claim belonged to them.

In a video posted on a Guatemalan page, a reporter explains that since Belize has no set date for our national referendum, Guatemalans must remember that in this case, Guatemala has all to win and Belize has all to lose.

Guatemala’s referendum ballot will ask residents: Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize on continental and insular territories and any maritime areas corresponding to those territories be submitted to the International Court of Justice for resolution?

Once the two countries go to the ICJ, the court will take from five to seven years to give a verdict, which will be a definitive verdict and will have to be respected by both countries.
The verdict given by the ICJ cannot be appealed by either countries.

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