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Jun 9, 2016

B.P.P. Says No to ICJ, Yes to UN Security Council

Paco Smith

Amid the ongoing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala, the Belize Progressive Party has been unwavering in its position that a resolution at the International Court of Justice is not the only option to bring finality to the claim.  Since its establishment in October 2015, the B.P.P.’s spiel has been a call for action under Article Thirty-nine of the United Nations Charter. The third party maintains that the matter should be addressed urgently before the United Nations Security Council.  This morning, that stance was reiterated during a press conference held at its headquarters in Belize City.  Chairman Paco Smith outlined the article, as well as the relevant clauses supporting their position.


Paco Smith, Chairman, B.P.P.

“Given the G.O.B.’s false, singular narrative that going to the ICJ is the only recourse to address Guatemala’s unfounded claim, your Belize Progressive Party, B.P.P., calls on Belizeans both at home and abroad to take definitive action.  Having demonstrated the logic of rescinding the Special Agreement/Compromis, given the ever-increasing aggression by the Guatemalans, which has disrupted the peace between the two nations, coupled with G.O.B.’s willful negligence, the BPP cites justification for urgently taking this matter to the UN Security Council under Article Thirty-Nine of the UN Charter. Article Thirty-Nine reads: the Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles Forty-one and Forty-two, to maintain or restore international peace and security.  We must also use this very opportunity to quote from the UN General Assembly Resolution 35/20 of November eleventh, 1980 titled Question of Belize.  At Clause Seven it reads, Requests the relevant organs of the United Nations to take such actions as may be appropriate and as may be requested by the administering power and the Government of Belize in order to facilitate the attainment of Independence by Belize and to guarantee its security and territorial integrity thereafter. This call is made, since our elected officials have shown not only in their ineptitude, but of even graver concern, their unwillingness to recalibrate their failed policy on Guatemala.  Once the G.O.B. fails to comply with this recommendation, within thirty days, via the support of the people and beyond the ambit of the government, we call on every Belizean and true friend of Belize to support this effort.  In particular, we extend this invitation to civil society entities of all manner, especially those in the southern districts of Toledo and Stann Creek, whose members are most susceptible to the existential threat posed by Guatemala.  If the Government of Belize continues with its unwillingness to stand up for Belize, the people must.  The people are the government.  Therefore, we must act in the best interest of our nation, to ensure its existence for future generations of Belizeans.”

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1 Response for “B.P.P. Says No to ICJ, Yes to UN Security Council”

  1. Steve says:

    This only makes sense! I’m on board. Come on Belizeans, where is the common sense and sense of nationalism? Wake up !!!

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