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Guatemala vote to hold referendum on Belize territorial dispute

(9 August 2017)

The Guatemalan congress has voted to support the decision to hold a referendum to determine if the border dispute with Belize should go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to be settled.

The go ahead has been given for the referendum to take place; however no date has yet been announced.

Guatemala and Belize had agreed to simultaneous referenda to take place on 6 October 2013 but Guatemala cancelled the process citing that it was too expensive an exercise when they were unsure of Belize’s commitment to the process.

Although Guatemala has now committed to holding the referendum, Belize has announced that it will not consider setting a date until it has completed municipal elections and a refreshing of the electoral register, which will not be completed before July 2018.