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Dec 13, 2018

Guatemalan President in Belize for SICA Summit

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is in Belize. President Morales touched down at the P.G.I.A. at twenty minutes passed three o’clock this afternoon and is here for the 2018 SICA Summit which Belize is hosting. This is the second time, as far as we know, that Morales has been on Belizean soil since he was elected President in 2015. His first official visit was in December 2015 when he met with Prime Minister in his office on Coney Drive. At the time, the scene was unlike no other. Activists and protestors like COLA’s Geovanni Brackett and others attempted to block Morales’ motorcade by lying on the street. At this time Belizeans are engaged on the I.C.J. referendum on whether to take Guatemala’s claim to The Hague. But today, there wasn’t much fuss regarding the President’s arrival. In fact, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington says that he does not understand what the hullabaloo is all about.


Hipolito Novelo

“Belizeans aren’t really fond of the Guatemalan President.”


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I would not expect any kind of hullabaloo because I don’t know what the Guatemalan President is doing to the Belizean people for them to have a hullabaloo about it.”


Wilfred Elrington

Hipolito Novelo

“He is claiming part of the country.”


Wilfred Elrington

“We have a claim which he inherited and which we inherited and in a very mature fashion they have decided how they will handle it. They have decided that they will go to the International Court of Justice to have it resolved. I think that is a most commendable and mature manner to handle it. We have, I’ve like to think, managed the claim very, very maturely. Hopefully it will be only a few months more, it is my hope, when we will have the matter decided upon on by our people. It is my hope that they will say and once that is done it is going to be put in the hands of the International Court of Justice.”

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