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Apr 21, 2016

O.A.S. Secretary-General Hopes for Positive Referendum Results in Belize

Luis Almagro

While the Belize/Guatemala dispute remains an ongoing geopolitical issue, the option of going to the International Court of Justice for resolution is one that is as openly supported as it is frankly balked at.  Political and grassroots organizations, including the Belize Progressive Party and COLA, respectively, have emphatically rejected the idea of going to the ICJ.  Others, including former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman, current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Almagro, firmly support taking the matter to the primary judicial branch of the United Nations.  For the case to proceed to the ICJ a referendum has to be held.  As it is, the existing threshold sits at sixty percent, but will reducing that number favor Belize going forward?  Here’s what the O.A.S. Sec Gen had to say.


Luis Almagro, Secretary General, O.A.S.

“That is something that democratically the people of Belize have to decide.  Of course you have a better chance to win when you have fifty percent than when you have sixty percent.  It’s quite an obvious mathematical question.  So that is some movement forward but I think, I wish, I wish, I really wish that when the moment for a referendum comes up the response, the positive response of the citizens here in Belize would be much higher than that in any case.  So we cannot precipitate about calling a referendum.  A lot of education should be done but I think it would be very important that this movement is as soon as possible because you know these kinds of incidents, sometimes incidents and sometimes accidents that happen, they don’t help to build the confidence and trust that the citizens need in order to move and vote for this.  I don’t think there’s any other way ahead than moving through the International Court of Justice.  That can be the only way that this problem can be resolved.  So, the sooner the better with the best conditions.”

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1 Response for “O.A.S. Secretary-General Hopes for Positive Referendum Results in Belize”

  1. Libertarian View says:

    The ICJ has no jurisdiction unless countries like Belize and Guatemala give it to them. Many people in high places want there to be a one world government and the United Nations has made some strides in that direction, but they still need countries submit to the ICJ’s jurisdiction and authority to make decisions.

    They have been having a hard time getting the referendum on taking the border dispute done in Belize, so we think if the border situation heats up there will be more and more pressure on Belize to actually agree to go to the ICJ. Once Belize does that, kiss sovereignty good-bye and there will be pressure on more and more countries to do likewise.

    Slobodan Milosovic is still before the ICC or ICJ for leading his country in an effort to defeat Muslim terrorism. He continues to say they have no jurisdiction, but he is still in prison. So the “powers that be” are working hard to get their one world government, that is accountable to no one and they cannot be elected out of office by the people whose lives they will impact.

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