UK government urges Belize and Guatemala to set new referendum date

By on October 7, 2013

The government of Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom is urging Belize and Guatemala to work towards a new date for a simultaneous referendum on submitting the Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice for final resolution. 

The joint referendum was to have been conducted on Sunday, October 6 in Belize and Guatemala. 

Earlier this year, however, Guatemala pulled out of the agreement to hold the referendum, claiming that Belize’s referendum law requiring 60% participation to be effective was too stringent.

In a statement given to Guatemala’s Prensa Libre newspaper, the Charge d’Affaires at the British embassy in Guatemala City David McNaught is quoted as saying that the UK is “disappointed that the referendum in both countries was postponed and did not happen on October 6.” 

The British diplomat further stated that “we urge both governments to agree as soon as possible a new date for the referendum to take place.”

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