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Opposition Leader hits back at “politics” charge on Guatemala

In his weekly message, Opposition Leader John Briceño discussed the recent referendum result in Guatemala, in which nearly ninety-six percent of participating voters agreed to support the Guatemalan government’s filing [...]

Belizean Fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab Remains in Custody in Livingston

As of news time, Belizean fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab of Caledonia, Corozal District, remains in custody in Livingston, Guatemala, charged with illegal capture of lobster. His hearing is set for [...]

P.M. Barrow, O.A.S.’ Almagro Meet in Washington

The Organization of American States has had a central role in finding a solution to the territorial dispute. As we have been reporting, Guatemala held its referendum on Sunday and [...]

Cuba Has New President but Castro Legacy to Continue

The news around the world on Thursday was the installation of the new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. He became Cuba’s first leader sans the Castro surname in over fifty years. [...]

Cuba to Continue Aid to CARICOM

What does a new leader mean for the CARICOM region which depends heavily on Cuba for health, education and other forms of aid? According to Ambassador Lissette Perez, the regional [...]

Relations with Washington Remain Cool

Ambassador Lissette Perez also spoke about the Cuba-U.S. relations in light of a new leader. She said that while Cuba remains open to relations with the U.S., they will not [...]

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the New President of Cuba

Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new President of Cuba today, one day after a secret vote in that country’s National Assembly. Diaz-Canel, who turns fifty-eight on Friday, has [...]

Guat F.M. Says Voter Turnout Performed Well

Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Monday further discussed her country’s participation in Sunday’s referendum. As has been widely noted, about twenty-seven percent of the population voted in the referendum [...]

Ex-Belize F.M. Not Impressed

Senior attorney Lisa Shoman, who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Said Musa’s administration and has been an ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the [...]

Extent of Guatemalan Claim a Matter for I.C.J., Guat Foreign Minister Proposes

Exactly what does Guatemala claim of Belize? We’ve all heard the differing stories – the whole of Belize’s eight thousand plus square miles of territory; or only that portion south [...]

It’s Time to Separate Bilateral Relations from Claim Issue

With Belize’s referendum date not set, and a potential trip to The Hague still a few years away, Belize and Guatemala must continue to co-exist as neighbors and tackle important [...]

Gov’t Says Yes to I.C.J. but Belizeans Have Final Say

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has chimed in on the outcome of Guatemala’s referendum, sharing with the media a personal view on the democratic process in the absence of a [...]

If It’s a No, Respect, but Nothing Changes

The possibility of voters saying no to the ICJ is a very real likelihood.  If that were indeed the case, Faber says that government would have no choice but to [...]

Keep Politics Out of I.C.J. Decision

On Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño told News Five that government has fallen short of meaningfully consulting with the People’s United Party on what has long been a national issue.  [...]

Guatemala Foreign Minister Commends Relations with Belize

News Five, in an interview with Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, touched on two topics of special interest to Belizeans in the wake of Sunday’s referendum. The first concerns relations [...]

FM Sandra Jovel Polanco Promises Guats Will Respect Any Ruling

But could relations be soured or broken irretrievably if the International Court of Justice, assuming assent from both populations, rules in Belize’s favor? It’s a question that makes both sides [...]

Progressive Party Wants Seat at Table for Education Campaign

While there were bouquets across the border between Belize and Guatemala following Sunday’s referendum result, color the Belize Progressive Party unsurprised and unimpressed. They said as much in a press [...]

What is Needed to Solve Border Issues

Belize’s ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, today provided a primer of the countries’ relations and plans surrounding resolving the Guatemalan claim. He notes that there is not much Belize can [...]

Decision Will Have International Ramifications

Detractors of an I.C.J. resolution have insisted that Belizeans will now face undue pressure for a ‘yes’ vote from the Government for the simple reason that we will not look [...]

Guatemala Says YES to I.C.J. Resolution

Guatemala has spoken and its citizens have done so decisively, those who came out on Sunday to participate in the referendum.  Following a somewhat abbreviated education campaign which commenced in [...]

In Belize, Will Political Parties Work Together?

In the absence of Prime Minister Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, we sought a reaction to Sunday’s outcome from Opposition Leader John Briceño.  The head of the People’s United [...]

Referendum in Belize in May? No Way!

Guatemalan Vice President Jafeth Cabrera recently met with Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington in Lima, Peru while attending the Eighth Summit of the Americas.  Cabrera reportedly told the Guatemalan media, [...]

Ambassador Rosado Confirms Re-Registration Must Come First

Vice President of Guatemala Jafeth Cabrera voted in Sunday’s referendum in Guatemala City. According to Prensa Libre, he told reporters that he understands Belize will go to vote in its [...]

Belizeans React to Guat Referendum Outcome

With Guatemalans giving the nod to take the territorial claim to the I.C.J., does the result put added pressure on the Belizean government and populace to have the same? On [...]

How Did We Get Here?

We have heard from Belizeans as to what they are thinking now that the results in Guatemala are a reality. But how, really, did we get here? It started ten [...]