Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales addressed the general debate at the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN on Tuesday. He told the General Assembly that the U.N. backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) that has tried to prosecute him was a “threat to peace”. Morales also spoke about their April 15th referendum to take the claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Though there was a low voter turnout, President Morales touted the fact that 96 percent of voters said yes to take their unfounded claim to the ICJ. What Morales failed to mention is that only 26 percent of its population took part in the referendum, a clear indication that Belize is not a priority for three fourths of its population. However, President Morales said he was eagerly awaiting Belize’s referendum results.
Jimmy Morales President Guatemala: “We deem it necessary to respect the sovereignty of our countries and guarantee the full freedom, recognition of beliefs, values and principle of each state rather than imposing a global bureaucratic agenda which dictates what should happen. At the same time I am representing Guatemala, a country of strong tradition. A people which believes in God, which loves and respects family as the basis of society and life from its very outset as well as freedom and building a society of peace. One example of this and a way of seeking peace on a permanent basis is the strong will of Guatemala to finally and peacefully resolve the territorial dispute of an insular and maritime dispute that we have had with Belize for over a century and half now. I am pleased to share with this assembly that on the 15th of April 2018 in Guatemala a popular vote was held to bring this case to the International Criminal Court of Justice. In our country this vote received around yes 96% of voters said yes in the most highly participated vote in history of our country and we believe that our solution of this dispute will bring about economic social and physical benefits of this country therefore we welcome also the decision of the government of Belize to set date for holding their vote on the 10th of April 2019 and we eagerly await the results of that.”
In Belize, the education campaign is underway.