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Apr 17, 2018

Decision Will Have International Ramifications

Alexis Rosado

Detractors of an I.C.J. resolution have insisted that Belizeans will now face undue pressure for a ‘yes’ vote from the Government for the simple reason that we will not look good in the international community for saying no to what many feel is the last, best chance for a resolution of the claim. Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado says that while Belize’s legal position will not necessarily be weakened, we would potentially lose the moral high ground we have long operated on. But that is a chance, he added, the nation’s voters must be prepared to take, and a result they can live with.


Alexis Rosado, Belize Ambassador to Guatemala

“Clearly, the tables would be turned in some respects. Not that our legal position will be weakened if we get a no vote in Belize – it won’t be weakened. But the moral high ground upon which we have been operating will be terribly weakened. Why? Because our independence was secured with the support of the international community; our territorial integrity has been kept, in large part, because of that international support. Support that is based and built on the international pillars of the order in which we live right now. So going to court, is another aspect of putting faith in that order upon which we have depended for so long. If we turn our backs now and say we don’t have faith in that international order – Guatemala, on the other hand – remember when we got independence it was one hundred and forty-four votes to zero, Guatemala walked out of the room when they were going to vote. Now, Guatemala’s statement to the international community is we are putting our faith in the international system – the same system that rejected their position in the past and that supported fully ours. So people out there were debating too about going to the I.C.J.; you have very strong sentiments over there because they feel they know they will lose. It is something that people will bear in mind, but I don’t think we need to be beating on the subject – you betta vote yes or else. People need to know – look, if that is the result, that is what you want, then we will have to live with it.”

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