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Jan 15, 2019

The Courtenay Doctrine Discussed in 2010 by P.U.P.

John Briceño

In 2010, the People’s United Party began discussing what is referred to as the Courtenay Doctrine, after former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eamon Courtenay. Courtenay was the only former foreign minister who did not sign the I.C.J. Declaration. Courtenay believes in an alternative to going to a referendum on April tenth. He believes there is an alternative to the I.C.J. and that is the Courtenay Doctrine. It’s a proposal in which both Guatemala and Belize would halt any and all discussion on the dispute for twenty-five years. According to P.U.P. Leader, John Briceño, this alternative proposal was discussed by the party in 2010.


John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“That is something that we have been discussing within the party. I think it was in 2010 when we made that announcement, what we referred to as the Courtenay Doctrine which is if we believe that can’t get the support of the Belizean people to go to the I.C.J. then the next step is to do what we call the ‘deep freeze’. For us as both parties to sit down and to come to an agreement, understanding that yes we agree to disagree but there are certain things that are important: human trafficking, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, the environment, strengthening the relationship between the two countries in economy, health, sports and culture. There are so many things that can be done between now and to put a date when we believe would be a time to have another look and then at that time to decide whether we have done enough, we believe that we can forget that ‘Belice es Nuestro’, that we are independent and we are different. Or to then decide that since that still did not work, we might have to go to the I.C.J.”

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