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May 16, 2018

Prime Minister Returns; Says He Personally Supports I.C.J.

The Prime Minister had not appeared in front of the media since his last press conference on March eighteenth, but today he did for the better part of two hours. Now, the Government has set a fixed date of April tenth, 2019 for a referendum to be held on whether the territorial dispute with Guatemala should be taken to the International Court of Justice for resolution.  Since that announcement was made two weeks ago, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel Polanco and O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Almagro have all commended the Barrow administration for finalizing the date. That issue of national importance was the first in a varied list of topics that was discussed during the briefing.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow began with his own position on the I.C.J.


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I am completely convinced that going to the ICJ, and therefore voting yes in the referendum, is absolutely the correct choice for our country.  I understand at the same time that for all of us this is a particularly emotional issue and so far opinions are clearly very much divided with respect to this question of the ICJ.  For me, there are several reasons that inform my own personal decision.  I first of all asked myself if we don’t go to the ICJ what is the option, and I can’t come up with a satisfactory answer.  More positively, I am as certain as one can be of anything in human affairs that our case at the ICJ is so watertight, there is no way we could suffer any setback/loss in consequence of an ICJ hearing.  And, of course, while a decision in our favor, which I fully anticipate and expect, would not put to an end all the issues that currently exist between us and Guatemala, it would certainly confer the resolution legally of the dispute.  In other words, such problems as might continue after an ICJ vote in our favor would be no more than the problems that one can expect as a consequence of the geographic space that we share with Guatemala and the difficulties pertaining to encroachments and that sort of thing.”

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3 Responses for “Prime Minister Returns; Says He Personally Supports I.C.J.”

  1. waxu says:

    Of course he supports going to the ICJ. He will be a former prime minister by then and back in private practice so he will be available to join the legal time tasked with taking the case to the court…and to bill a LOT of money for those hours and that representation. Very very nice retirement set up.

  2. Rod says:

    He has been wrong on governing his whole time in government why should his answer devise on this matter he is the most useless corrupt pm ever in Belize.

  3. meandi says:

    I have yet to see or hear a disclosure that these people’s law office stands to benefit should this issue go to ICJ. WHO the law firm will be (obviously foreign) but those law firms will need field workers for info gathering and if you can have a little imagination, you can already know which law firms will be used.

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