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Dec 14, 2011

Will Guatemalan Dispute go to ICJ?

Outgoing president Alvaro Colom made it official in Guatemala today that a referendum on the Guatemalan dispute with Belize would be held within two years. Colom’s remarks were contained in a press release from Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the release, a meeting held on November twenty-eighth, between Guatemala and Belize decided that “the referendum regarding the dispute will be held simultaneously in both countries before the end of 2013.” In the release, Colom says that “border security will be attained when the ICJ makes a determination on the rights of the two parties. The question on the referendum is for the people of both countries to decide whether or not they agree to settle the dispute at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.” Years of negotiations have been unable to produce a settlement, which paves the way for the ICJ. But that’s for the people on both sides to decide. We do note that a new administration will take office in Guatemala in January 2012 while in Belize, there is a guessing game on whether or not the government will pull the trigger and call elections as early as next year before their current term in office expires.

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6 Responses for “Will Guatemalan Dispute go to ICJ?”

  1. Lucas says:

    We, as Belizeans, should not question nor allow anyone to question our internaionally recognized borders as defined by the 1856 border treaty. Therefore, I will vote no in the referendum and encourage all Belizeans to do like-wise. REMEMBER, GUATEMALA HAS NOTHING TO LOOSE, WE BELIZEANS DO.

  2. bzn2dabone says:

    @ Lucas, I totally agree with you. Belizeans should vote “NO, Heck NO!” to this referendum because our borders are not to be disputed. If guatemala has a problem with that, then let them. We are Belizeans, proud and free and we love our beautiful country Belize….

  3. bze says:

    Vote no cause we have a chance to loose and there should be no case to answer. Y take me to court if I didn’t do wrong

  4. islander says:


    So effin what if they take Belize to the IJC? Our country is taken to the ICJ every single day by all our neighbours and it doesnt change a damned thing because we are prepared to kill every single one of them…

  5. DappaBZ says:

    ask yourself why is Guatemala di ongle country inna tracing wid wi bout border disputes. Mexico is not and I don’t see Guatemala questioning Mexico or Hondurus … even countries in South America don’t have border disputes …

  6. unkonown says:

    Guatemala are retards that need to get off there @$$ and think Belize belongs to tjem. thruth is it doesn’t. Belize is doing good with out Guatemala they just wanna take over and make it crappy like their country & ur Israel girl needs to shut thr eff up shes used to people stepping on her also we arnt killers thats y we dont just kill every single one damn terrorist

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