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Jan 11, 2019

Former Foreign Affairs Ministers says I.C.J. Declaration in Misleading

According to Courtenay, one of the fundamental reasons why he decided not to be part of the collaborative work of the five former Foreign Affairs Ministers is because the declaration is misleading the Belizean public.


Eamon Courtenay, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

“This thing for example as far as I am concerned misrepresents things, over states things and misleads the Belizean public. When I saw this on Wednesday I was certainly not going to sign this much less go on stage.”


Marleni Cuellar

“What of the declaration to you feel is misleading?”


Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay

“Paragraph four implies that unless you solve this dispute by going to the I.C.J., you will have a problem with continued incursion, criminal activity on the border etc.”


Marleni Cuellar

“That Guatemala will continue to impose its claim.”


Eamon Courtenay

“Not that it’ll continue to impose its claim, that Guatemala will not stop their people from coming across the border, that if we get to the I.C.J. and resolve this, the implication is that all of that will stop. I don’t believe it for a second and I don’t think that is true. The reality on the ground is that people are coming across the border for opportunity. People are coming across the border because they are oppressed and being chased off the land in Guatemala. If the I.C.J. were to declare that our border is at it is today it will make no difference to the people in the border areas. They will not know the results of the I.C.J. decision. They will not understand the results of the I.C.J. decision. And I do not accept that they will stop coming across. The criminal activity that is taking place with the trafficking of arms, drugs and people would continue even though there is a border there.”

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