The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has written to the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, with respect to the renunciation process that Guatemalan go through in order to acquire Belizean citizenship. The BCCI is of the view that the process is flawed and Guatemalans do not truly renounce their Guatemalan citizenship, especially since no similar action is taken in Guatemalan. Since the Constitution of Belize states that no person shall be granted Belizean nationality if that person is from a country that does not recognize Belize’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity like Guatemala, the BCCI is of the view that granting Guatemalan Belizean citizenship and allowing them to vote is in contravention of the constitution. Today we asked Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado about it.
Alexis Rosado, Belize Ambassador to Guatemala: “I am aware of a concern raised by the chamber. My own view is that it is a matter that ought to be responded to by the Attorney General’s Ministry and by the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality. It involves immigration and nationality and they are the ones authorized to really speak on the issue. As far as I’m concerned whatever the law says is what ought to apply, if somebody wants to change the law then they could lobby for the law to be changed but the law is the law and we are a country governed by the rule of law.”
Reporter: You still stick to the view that anyone who is a Belizean, holds Belizean citizenship can vote in the referendum including Guatemalans who crossed the border and —
Alexis Rosado, Belize Ambassador to Guatemala: “It doesn’t matter what I think, what matters is what the law says and like I said if somebody wants the law to be changed they can lobby for the law to be changed but the law is the law – we are a country governed by the rule of law.”