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Dec 18, 2018

What is Guatemala Really Claiming?

Carlos Raul Morales

For Belizeans, a decision to vote “YES” or “NO” to the I.C.J. depends on understanding what exactly is Guatemala claiming. During the education campaign in Guatemala earlier this year, some paraphernalia showed a claim of half of Belize, but there have been times when it has been the entire country. While in Guatemala over the past few days, the media has attempted to get some clarity from the officials they interviewed. Admittedly, while the only credible response can be from current government; they did seek some clarity from the former foreign minister.


Carlos Raul Morales, Former Foreign Minister, Guatemala

“I am not authorised by my government, because I am not part of the government, to say this part of Belize or this is going to be the claim because to be honest, I don’t know if the lawyers already know that because it is a very complicated case. It is important to study the history, it’s important to review the history. The question is which is the size of the claim is a very good question. Let’s ask to the International Court of Justice which is the size of the claim because Guatemala believes we have a claim; Belize believes Guatemala doesn’t have a claim. This is the big issue between both countries; Belize doesn’t believe Guatemala has the rights under this claim and Guatemala believes we have a claim. Then we need to submit this issue to the I.C.J. and let the I.C.J. without the element to define what exactly the border between both countries. What is true is that Belize is another country and this is very important to understand because many people say Guatemala wants Belize. But remember Belize is already a country. You got your independence in 1981 and Guatemala recognized independence in 1991, but recognize independence, but Guatemala say I believe we still continue some rights. The question is what is the size of these rights. Let’s ask the International Court of Justice to give us a solution; to tell us which is the size. The I.C.J. could say no; there is not a claim. This is the border. But this is exactly what we need to do; go to the I.C.J. and ask the I.C.J. to give a solution to our claim in a very peaceful way.”

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