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Jan 29, 2013

Guatemalan Foreign Ministry investigation; President says country at a disadvantage in taking claim to ICJ

 

Fernando Carrera

The Guatemalan press is today reporting that President Otto Perez Molina has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate who should have had Guatemalan’s best interest at heart, but dropped the ball in respect of the upcoming October referendum. Perez Molina made the declaration following a meeting between Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Luis Fernando Carrera with the OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza in Santiago, Chile.  The Guatemalan press has been pushing for a delay in the referendum because unlike Guatemala, for the referendum to be valid in Belize, there is a requirement for sixty percent of the electorate to vote on whether to take Guatemala’s territorial claim to the International Court of Justice.  Perez Molina suggested that it was the responsibility of his predecessor, Alvaro Colom, Foreign Minister, Harold Rodas, and the Comision de Belice to look after the interests of Guatemala. But, he said, they signed off on the agreement despite the changes in Belize’s referendum act.  He claims that Guatemala is now at a disadvantage. The president, however, indicated that he will abide by the agreements for the referendum to take place on October sixth. 

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6 Responses for “Guatemalan Foreign Ministry investigation; President says country at a disadvantage in taking claim to ICJ”

  1. ceo says:

    Who gives a rip? Disadvantage or no disadvantage!

    Just leave Belize the heck alone!

  2. subKonshus says:

    Comision de Belize…not Comision de Belice.

  3. Storm says:

    Guatemala, don’t let Belize bully you! Reject the ICJ!

  4. GT Citizen says:

    You all fools ! of course he will push forward for the referendum, even if in Belize is not valid and that is because if he goes gets a Yes vote or even a No vote but on BZ side is not valid he will have grounds to do what ever he likes..prepare for a militarize adjacency zone…

  5. We can do better says:

    As a Belizean, I really don’t understand us going to the ICJ.
    That would give merit to Guatemala’s claim to OUR land and there is NONE!

  6. President says:

    Where is Guatemala at the disadvantage? I don’t see it, they have nothing to lose here and everything to gain.

    Ohh, I’m hoping to take half of Belize and I’m at a “disadvantage.”

    My point of view:
    Great Britain should pay them a consolation and call it a day. $2, thats a hole lot of quetzals.
    Great Britain signed the treaty, not Belize.

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