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Apr 10, 2019

Guatemalan President Draws Belize as Part of Guatemala

On Tuesday, a student was tasked to draw a map of Guatemala in a village school. At the request of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, the primary school boy complied in front of his classmates, but President Morales provocatively told him he missed two very important things. One of those things was Belize. President Morales was in the village of Mariscos in the municipality of Morales, Izabal and took the chance to visit the students of the Mixed Rural Official School. There, he tested the student’s knowledge of Guatemala’s geography. He asked which student wanted to draw a map of that country.  A student volunteered and after he was finished, President Morales took the marker and added Belize as a part of its territory. Here is the short clip of that interaction as first reported by SOY 502.


Morales, President of Guatemala (Translated)

“Guatemala is divided into twenty two departments. Correct? Which one of you is encourage to draw the map of Guatemala. A brave one? Come and I will help you draw it. Come. Let’s help. We are going to start with Peten. Good. That the side of Isabal. Very good. A round of applause for my friend. Now we are going to see. Now we are going to make two very small additions, nothing more. The first, we are going to put, here- there is a piece … we missed the little point in Peten. And here, we will always getting used to drawing Belize. Why? Because we are in a very important process. We are claiming this territory.”


President Morales told the students that both countries have committed to holding a referendum to possibly take the dispute to the I.C.J. in order to define the territory of Belize. When he finished speaking with the students, Morales then told the teacher to get used to teaching the children to draw Belize as part of Guatemala.

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