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Sep 19, 2018

What Happens If I.C.J. Rules in Favor of the Guats?

On the eve of independence, the question of going to the International Court of Justice is front and center in the minds of Belizeans.  On Tuesday night, things got a bit heated during a town hall meeting where the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington was responding to questions on all things I.C.J.   Held at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Belize City, the session was open to the public to allow them to directly seek clarity to their concerns. Attorney Kevin Arthurs and I moderated the robust discussion which was organized by Great Belize Productions/Channel Five with support from U.W.I.  During the question and answers segment, an online viewer asked that if the I.C.J. rules in favor of Guatemala, what happens to Belizeans who occupy the piece of land that Guatemala wants. The minister’s response caused tremors. This is what he said.

 

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“If the courts were to find that the land belongs to Guatemala, that is what he is asking, well that is the end of the matter.”

 

Marleni Cuellar, Moderator

“What happens to us who occupy the land?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“We will very likely become refugees but it is for that reason that I started out by explaining to you how the court works and what the facts are because it is next to impossible for the courts to come to such findings because I have said at no time has Guatemala occupied it. At no time has Spain occupied it. Belizeans have been on for over two hundred years. We in fact have three border treaties. We have the right for self determination. We have the right to territorial all pronounced by the international community and the law. So that is an improbable outcome, highly improbable.”

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2 Responses for “What Happens If I.C.J. Rules in Favor of the Guats?”

  1. kmh says:

    So where is the counter point to this view? I read the second story, it is not there. Just another single source quote…. This is not a recap or event or analysis of it, just a sound byte from one participant….and a sensational statement that has no rebuttal.

  2. Tony says:

    There is no point of view because there is nothing to question. No court in the world will vote in favor of destroying an entire country and way of life. Stop pimping up the hype, there is no story here.

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