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Jan 10, 2014

Offensive maps at immigration sport check in Flores, Peten, Guatemala

The inclusion of Belize as part of Guatemala’s territory, depicted on a number of geographical maps, is considered provocative given the political history of both countries in trying to resolve the age-old land dispute.  Despite Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera going on record to shed light on the matter, documents showing the annexation at the western and southern borders keep popping up.  Carrera, who was on an official visit to Belize on Thursday, explained that the issue was inadvertent and that it had been cleared up since last year.  But tonight, we have images of an offensive map posted on a wall inside the immigration spot check in Flores, Peten.


Fernando Carrera, Guatemalan Foreign Minister [File: January 9th, 2014]

“What we have already clarified last year is that, the government of Guatemala has never had any intention to include Belize within the map of Guatemala. We have an official map that is accepted for Guatemalan purposes and our passports indicate that and we have never done that, we never colored the territory of Belize within the territory of Guatemala. That is usual practice for several years; we have continued to do it. So I think it was a mal-intention for those who were saying we were doing that. Officially we haven’t done anything like that and unofficially there is no map that includes Belize within the Guatemalan territory.”



Fernando Carrera

“But in Flores, I recently flew through Flores and right at the immigration check point, there is the map right there on the wall.”


Fernando Carrera

“Tell the immigration office it is not official map.”



“Well I would hope you’d tell them because if I do, I may end up behind bars.’


Fernando Carrera

“Yes, sure. I can tell them.”


Carrera was in Belize on official visit in which he and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington discussed confidence building measures and a number of activities that will be undertaken in 2014 to keep the peace.

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5 Responses for “Offensive maps at immigration sport check in Flores, Peten, Guatemala”

  1. More beano for deano says:

    do worry, go back to the UDP coma.

    When Belize mergers with Guatemala, UDP will offer new corruption opportunities to the faithful.

  2. Belizean says:

    They expect US AS BELIZEANS, to tell THEIR officials, to take down THAT map??? Who is running THEIR country of irresponsible inciters of hate?

  3. ceo says:

    No map of any country shows all of another country regardless of a color or shade difference. If it was a map of the region then yes.

    Is this Carrera guy stupid or what? The traveler should have told them about the inaccuracies of their map not the government of Guatemala!

    The problem is our foreign leader is not speaking out against this mess so it continues!

  4. Joe says:

    That’s the only thing they can do its just like my 3 year old nephew they just draw things that no make sense they are just ignorant people, its really a disrespect doh but again our leaders are more concentrated in Passports visas and $$$$$$$…

  5. Bill Willitts says:

    Those nuclear missile silos on caye caulker might make Belizean maps extend to the Pacific!

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