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Dec 18, 2018

Carlos Raul Morales Explains Why Belize is Included as Part of Guatemala’s Official Maps

Carlos Raul Morales

What about those disconcerting maps of Guatemala that include Belize? We asked Morales to explain why – if Guatemala is seeking a resolution – that it is still being used in a number of publications and government offices.


Carlos Raul Morales, Former Foreign Minister, Guatemala

“According to our law, we still have the map with Belize until the International Court of Justice defines the border between both countries. But it is not a matter that we are there; it’s a matter of a legal situation. I don’t know exactly which map is using the Minister of Education at this moment. But again, if they use the map with Belize is because the law orders that and we need to respect the law. And this is important and this is why again we cannot live with this situation. We cannot live with the map of Belize because this creates confrontation between both countries. This is why it is important to do to the I.C.J. and when the I.C.J. gives us the order to say well this is Belize, we need to reform our maps and reform everything in Guatemala. But again, when I told you there is not a border between Guatemala and Belize; when I told you there is a claim between Guatemala and Belize is because there is a claim; it’s because there is a bilateral differendum that we need to give a solution. In the practice (practically), Belize is another country. As a matter of fact, you don’t see Guatemalan police in Benque Viejo; you don’t see Guatemalan army in Belmopan. It is because in 1991 when we recognised Belize as a country, we agreed that Guatemala will respect this territory of Belize until the I.C.J. will define what exactly is the border. Which is true….there is a differendum; this is a fact.”


We’ll have more report from Guatemala later in the newscast.

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