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Aug 4, 2017

If it’s a No, Guatemalan Claim Lives On

Alexis Rosado

According to Ambassador Rosado, at the moment there is nothing on Belize’s table of events insofar as the pending referendum.  He says that while the Special Agreement contains a clause which requires both countries to agree to go to the ICJ, should Belize or Guatemala say no, the long-standing claim will live on.


Alexis Rosado, Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala

“We are on a different timeline.  We do not have anything for this year, in respect of referendum, even though our public awareness campaign has continued, it never stopped, since 2012.  In our view, I think we cannot plan for failure to begin with.  It is true that in the Special Agreement it provides that both countries have to say yes for our governments to be authorized to go to the ICJ for a binding decision, final and binding, but should a no arise in any of the two countries, the Guatemalan claim would remain.  So we would still have to find a way of resolving it.  What will be done then is anybody’s guess.  It will be for the government of the time to deal with it, but there’s no doubt that we should never be left with the view that ends the claim.  It doesn’t end the claim, we just have to find a way to resolve it.”

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