And it seems that in Guatemala, there has been a heightened pace towards the holding of a referendum. This week their Congress approved a proposal to authorise the electoral body to start preparation for a referendum to be held before the end of the year.
The proposal was supported by 102 votes, while 14 objected. Those in objection raised concerns about funding, the electoral body has reported that they have secured 300 million quetzales for the process.
The decision by the Congress was celebrated by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, who in a statement said that the topic of Belize has been a priority for his Government and that the Congress’ decision is an important step towards a definitive solution to the dispute.
While Guatemala’s Congress has given its blessing to the process, their Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales has stepped up his lobby to support the referendum. This week he met with rural leaders, warning that if there is no solution, there will continue to be murders and destruction.
There has been no date set for the referendum in Guatemala, but best predictions say it will be in December.
As for Belize, the country is divided on whether to hold the referendum and whether to go to the ICJ. No date has been set for a referendum, but the Government has indicated that it will not take place until after the municipal elections.