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Jul 22, 2015

V.I.P. Says No to ICJ – Outlines Case Against Going to UN Court…

Patrick Rogers

The longstanding territorial dispute, in the context of a resolution by the International Court of Justice, has remained a contentious matter in the public domain as well as for the Vision Inspired by the People.  The third party has long since maintained that Belizeans aren’t fully aware of what would be ceded to Guatemala, by way of land and insular territory, should the ICJ rule in its favor.  That is if the results of the referenda indicate unanimously that the claim be resolved by the United Nations judicial body. According to Patrick Rogers, the 2008 special agreement endorsed by both countries was not the product of any consultation.  As a result, the gravity of the situation may very well be lost on the wider public.

 

Patrick Rogers, Vision Inspired by the People

“If we do not understand what we’re setting ourselves up to by giving the ICJ this authority, because they have no authority over Belize, none whatsoever until we go to them and say we want you to hear this case.  Until we do that, now when we do that we can stipulate what we sent to them to rule on.  So the VIP had made the point from 2008 when the compromis was penned, that, you know what, this thing was done in secret, nobody consulted us.  Because had they consulted us Article Seven, the referendum question would not have included land and insular territory.  It would have stuck to what the British/Guatemala or Anglo-Guatemalan dispute settlement was all about, monetary compensation.  It would have never introduced compensation by way of land and insular territory.  That is the problem with this compromis.  Not that Belize in no way should consider an ICJ decision to settle it, but certainly if the people of Belize had a say in it we could have reminded this current administration, as much as it’s the prime minister’s dream to settle this matter there is too much at risk if we go introduce the issue of land and insular territory as compensation to Guatemala should the ICJ rule in their favor.”

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