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Jul 22, 2015

…Parallel Drawn Between Belize/Guatemala Dispute and Bakassi Peninsula

Patrick Rogers

Interestingly, Rogers uses a 2002 judgment in favor of Cameroon as a case study for the crux of his argument.  A territorial dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon, involving the Bakassi Peninsula, was adjudicated at the ICJ, ruling that sovereignty over the neck of land did indeed rest with Cameroon based on past agreements between England and Germany.  He draws a parallel to the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute.

 

Patrick Rogers, Vision Inspired by the People

“I do not feel that we should be negotiating from a point of weakness because we dah wahn lee country and Guatemala dah wahn big country.  We’re both small countries eena di scheme ah di UN and di UN would not stand fi Guatemala invade Belize.  It is that simple.  Noh eena todeh day, noh eena 2015.  What happens though is that they will not tell us noh goh da di ICJ.  They will not tell us let’s go to the ICJ either.  It’s up to us now if we want to follow the course of Bakassi Peninsula in Nigeria where although they had self-determination, wahn independent country, the oil powers that be knew that the Bakassi Peninsula have wahn lotta oil, Cameroon neva mi di produce no oil so dehn neva had no lotta time fi put stringent tax collecting measures in place fi oil di come up.  So dah wahn lee red light ketch Nigeria where the oil companies dehn pressure dis thing til ih finally reach the ICJ and Nigeria dehn gaan mek di mistake ahn vote fi send it to the ICJ figuring dehn got dehn one, two, three case tight just like how Belize feel we got it tight only to find out that the ruling was made based pan wahn agreement between Germany and Britain.  So here we have, afta di United Nations give we da right to self-determination we are going to risk sending to the ICJ, where when they rule, as we keep making the point, the United Nations no write no laws for the ICJ to rule on.  Da noh like dehn da di parliament and ICJ da di judiciary and di parliament write di laws fi di judiciary.  It doesn’t work that way.  The ICJ rules mainly on international conventions between superpowers one hundred to four hundred years ago.”

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