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Jan 10, 2019

Despite Change of Government in ‘08, Musa is Unwavering on I.C.J. Position

Said Musa

Five former foreign ministers on Wednesday, however, gave the thumbs up to take the claim before the I.C.J.   Former Prime Minister Said Musa, during his second term in office, met with O.A.S. Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza in 2007 to discuss a possible solution to the longstanding territorial claim.  At the time, the advice given was for the matter to be taken before the International Court of Justice for judgment, only after a decision has been taken by the people of Belize to have the claim legally decided on by the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.  The recommendation from the then O.A.S. Secretary General would later set the stage for a Special Agreement to be signed between Belize and Guatemala a few years later, under the Barrow administration.  Notwithstanding the change of government a year later, Musa has remained firm in his belief that the issue can only be settled by going to the world court.


Said Musa, Former Foreign Minister

“You are perfectly correct in saying that I have not wavered in my conviction that this matter should go to the I.C.J. for final determination.  I reached that point, as the declaration said, after fifty years or more of fruitless negotiations.  Before that, we were very hopeful that we could have settled it peacefully on a bilateral basis.  But that having failed, in 2007 when I was prime minister we took the decision on the advice and recommendation of the Secretary General of the O.A.S. to pursue the matter to the I.C.J., subject to a referendum of approval by the Belizean people.”

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