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Jan 8, 2014

Guatemalan Foreign Minister visits Belize on Thursday

The Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Fernando Cabrera, arrives in Belize this Thursday on an official visit on the heels of changes in the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry which saw the removal of two vice ministers.  Cabreras will be meeting with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials in Belize City. It is not Cabreras’s first visit to Belize and while we have not confirmed the full extent of the discussions, it is expected that the issue of the referendum on the territorial dispute is likely to come up. The referendum was scheduled for October 2013, but Guatemala backed off and has maintained a tough stand.  That country’s position is that is prepared to hold a referendum only if the Referendum Act is amended to change the sixty percent voters’ turnout to a simple majority and if Belize would convene the poll first.  Both positions have been turned down by Belize.

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