Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 8:48 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: On Sunday, Guatemala held its national referendum in which about 26% of their voting population participated and 95% of the participants voted a resounding ‘Yes’ to taking Guatemala’s claim on Belizean territory to the International COurt of Justice (ICJ).
The government of Belize has congratulated Guatemala on conducting their referendum and has informed Belizeans that Belize’s national referendum will be done after re-registration which is scheduled for July.
In an interview with 7News, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber commented on Guatemala’s position stating that Cabinet has not met on the matter as yet since Prime Minister Dean Barrow is out of the country.
According to Faber, the ‘Yes’ vote means that Guatemala now has a mandate and a legal position that their people have agreed to go to the ICJ.
When asked what would be the outcome if Belizeans were to vote ‘No’ to the ICJ, Faber explained if that were the result, government would not be able to push the matter any further.
Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington had previously been asked by reporters what would happen if Belize were to vote ‘No’, and his response was that Belize would need to find a legal mechanism to go to the ICJ.
Furthermore, Faber said that his “vote would certainly be to not go against what the Belizean people would have said loud and clear in a referendum.”
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