No Verification of Prensa Libre’s Passport Article Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00

Alexis RosadoAmbassador Alexis Rosado, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “We would consider it very offensive if it is true that the Guatemalan Government intends to print such a map on its passport.” Rosado was sharing his reaction to an article in the Prensa Libre newspaper in which it said that Guatemala’s Ministry of the Interior is putting the contract for the printing of over four million passports in the next ten years up for tendering. The report says that the passports will include a map of Central America which illustrates that there is a territorial dispute with Belize. That will be illustrated by using a dotted line for the Belize-Guatemala border. News of the report has upset Belizeans both at home and abroad.

Ambassador Rosado said we must first understand that “Prensa Libre is a tabloid and it does not speak for the Guatemalan Government.” He said that the article was “clearly published to cause a reaction in Belize and it did”. Rosado continued, “Our embassy in Guatemala has been following the matter trying to verify if there is any truth to it.” There has yet to be an official release from the Guatemalan government stating intent to print such a map on its passports.

Rosado said if Guatemala does decide to include the offensive maps on its passport, “there is nothing we can do because they are a sovereign nation just like us and can do whatever they want with their documents”. He added, “We have been in touch with our friends in the international community and they understand Belize’s position.”