May 9, 2019 / 4:01 PM / 13 days ago

Guatemala applauds Belize vote, says to work on next steps

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala’s government on Thursday applauded a referendum vote in Belize in favor of sending the countries’ long-running territorial dispute to a top U.N. court, saying the move will help deepen bilateral relations between the two neighbors.

The Guatemalan foreign ministry said in a statement that it would immediately contact the foreign ministry of Belize to agree on the next steps in efforts to resolve the dispute, which dates back to the colonial era.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; writing by Julia Love

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