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Apr 4, 2018

Can Local Lawsuit Against Compromis Succeed?

So if the Guatemalan lawsuit succeeds, could it give a boost for opponents of the process in Belize? Bradley reminded that the Sarstoon River and Sarstoon Island remain effectively under Guatemalan control, wiping out our southern border, and there are constant depredations in the West in the Chiquibul Forest and National Park. With Guatemala holding a potential trump card, Belizeans, he said, are organizing to defeat any solution that would place us in greater peril.

 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney

“I think what they are arguing and what they want to take to court – and they may succeed and we may have another problem. And by the way, a handful of citizens don’t just get up one morning and say they want to challenge something as major as that in Guatemala. There have to be forces behind them; they are not the democracy we want to think we are. Listen, dehn say no call no name, somebody really high in this process has told me that Guatemala really does not want to go to a referendum. But they need not knock out themselves, because regardless of what I.C.J. says, they will still have another referendum so they are saved.  There are people in Belize – while as a nation we do not discuss national issues in a calm, sober manner – there are people in Belize who look at these things seriously and they are thinking, if we can’t deal with it politically, then we may be able to deal with this matter legally. And I happen to have been invited to one of the discussions. My opinion, which I repeat, is get further legal advice on the matter, but it is worth taking a serious look into. And if necessary, if you feel strongly, challenge it in the Supreme Court, and take it further if you so desire.”

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