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Apr 7, 2016

Is Guatemala Using Aggression as ICJ Strategy?

There are differing viewpoints on the Guatemalan claim on the entire Sarstoon. Minister Wilfred Elrington has maintained that nothing has changed since 1939, where Guatemala’s position on owning the river is concerned. Others, including the head of the B.D.F., Brigadier General David Jones, says that this is something new, something he’s only become aware of since last year. With the I.C.J. a distinct possibility on the horizon, is it possible that Guatemala’s new aggressive stance on the Sarstoon is a legal strategy, one through which they can claim that they have rights to the area because they have occupied it continuously? Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that’s unlikely.

 

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

Dean Barrow

“I think they have fooled themselves into genuinely believing…or have convinced themselves that the Sarstoon is theirs. They are absolutely wrongheaded and the weight of the evidence is overwhelmingly against them. But they can’t be doing this simply as a kind of ICJ tactic because that would fail. We…just as much as they continue to assert their sovereignty we continue to assert ours so there will not be any kind of omission, slippage on our part that would allow them to say…see, in effect Belize kind of de facto conceded that our sovereignty. No! So if that is the thinking it would get nowhere and these people are far too sophisticated to think, to ever imagine that something like that could work.”

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1 Response for “Is Guatemala Using Aggression as ICJ Strategy?”

  1. Marie says:

    Forget ICJ and take the matter to a higher court

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