Guatemalans vote on generations-old land dispute with Belize

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales poses for photographers before voting in a plebiscite concerning a border dispute with Belize, in Guatemala City, S

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales looks to photographers as he casts his vote during a plebiscite on a border dispute with Belize, in Guatemala City,

A woman holds her ballot during a plebiscite concerning a border dispute with Belize, in Guatemala City, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Guatemalans are decid

Voters wait for information about their voting center during a plebiscite on a border dispute with Belize, in Guatemala City, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Electoral volunteers wait for voters during a plebiscite on a border dispute with Belize, in Guatemala City, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Guatemalans are d

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalans are voting in a referendum on their country's longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Belize.

Sunday's ballot asks whether voters agree to send the issue to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, for a binding resolution.

However Belize would also have to make a request before the court would take up the matter.

Guatemala claims some 4,200 square miles (11,000 square kilometers) administered by Belize — essentially the country's entire southern half.

The area is home to a number of nature reserves and is sparsely populated for the most part, with scattered farming villages, fishing towns and some Caribbean beach tourism destinations.

The origin of the dispute dates back over 200 years to when Guatemala and Belize were Spanish and British colonies, respectively.