Belize. In August, the Guatemalan Congress ratified an
agreement to hold a referendum on the border dispute with
Belize. According to
Countryaah.com, the referendum applies whether the matter is to be
decided by the International Court of Justice in The Hague
(ICJ), according to an agreement between the countries from
2008. In that case, the referendum would pave the way for a
diplomatic and peaceful solution of the infected border
issue, which complicated relations between the countries
ever since Belize's independence in 1981.
In September, state oil company ALBA Petrocaribe Belize
Energy (APBEL) decided to stop buying oil from Venezuelan
oil company PDVSA. The reason was stated to be PDVSA's
problem, in light of Venezuela's own financial problems, to
supply contracted amounts of oil within the framework of the
Caribbean cooperation program Petrocaribe from 2009.