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Belize’s Security Initiative at Western Border Irks Guatemala

Tensions flared up at the western border over the weekend when authorities sought to clear the area to allow for the discharge of construction material.  Government has decided to upgrade [...]

Taxis, Students Need Not Fear

Amid the chaos that ensued at the border on Sunday, the Guatemalan media also reported that students from neighboring Melchor who commute to Benque Viejo daily to attend school, would [...]

Iginio Canto Released, But Still Faces Investigation for Out of Season Lobster

Corozal fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab is tonight at home with his family in Caledonia, after being held in detention in Livingston, Guatemala for illegally harvesting lobster in its waters.  Canto [...]

Diplomats Meet with Foreign Affairs on Referendum Campaign

The countdown is on to next April’s referendum in Belize on the referral of the Belize-Guatemala Dispute to the International Court of Justice. The public awareness campaign is being stepped [...]

Belize Still Seeks Official Position on Renunciation of Guatemalan Citizenship

Earlier this week, the Elections and Boundaries Department outlined the process for the re-registration exercise set to begin on July first and conclude in December. An area of great concern [...]

Deputy P.M. Expresses Distaste for Activities by Guatemalans in Chiquibul

Friends for Conservation and Development is reporting that the “Yes” vote to the International Court of Justice may have embolden the Guatemalans because since then, they have been increased incursions [...]

Morales, Jovel, Almagro Gives Thumbs Up to Referendum Plan

As expected, Belize’s announcement on Monday of the date for our referendum on the taking of the unfounded Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice was good news for [...]

COLA Says Belizeans Will Vote No

But don’t expect Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) to pop any champagne. It issued a strong blast at both sides via press release this morning, pointing out that [...]

COLA President Brackett Urges ‘Get Tough’ Measures with Guats

COLA also noted in its press release that of those Guatemalans interviewed by Belizean reporters, including our News Five team which covered the recent referendum, the majority only want their [...]

I.C.J. Referendum Set for April 10, 2019

Late this evening, the Government of Belize announced that it has set the date for Belize’s decision on taking the dispute arising from Guatemala’s claim to Belize’s land and insular [...]

B.T.V., Guats, B.D.F. Come Together in Sarstoon for Treaty Anniversary

Today, April thirtieth, is the anniversary of the signing of the 1859 Anglo-Guatemalan Treaty which was intended to establish borders between the Belize Settlement, run by Britain, and Guatemala. Among [...]

Referendum Push Gets Underway with Visit to Cayo

Guatemala completed a successful referendum on taking the Guatemalan claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice two weeks ago. A super-majority of voters said yes, but soon it [...]

Foreign Minister Wants Media to Stop ‘Obsession’ with Sarstoon Protocol

But even before Guatemala’s referendum on April fifteenth, questions were raised in a lawsuit in Guatemala’s Constitutional Court about the validity of the 2008 Special Agreement and 2015 amendment. The [...]

Belize, Peru Sign Cooperation Agreement

Fresh off the recent Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and Peruvian Ambassador to Belize Jorge Roman Morey, based in El Salvador, signed a special [...]

The Results of the Summit of the Americas

Belize was represented at the eighth Summit of the Americas by both Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte. This triennial meeting of members of the [...]

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 [...]