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Feb 4, 2019

Shoman Maintains that Guatemala Has No Case

Assad Shoman

One of the common concerns proponents of a NO vote have repeatedly expressed, is that it is unfathomable to Belize that Guatemala would go to Court if it did not have a strong case. This morning, Shoman maintained, as we’ve heard many times before, that Guatemala simply has no case. 


Assad Shoman, Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty

“We had a sort of dry run of the I.C.J. case in this document…disconnects the oral arguments that we put in 2001/202 to the O.A.S. facilitation group panel which acted as if it were a court and heard our submissions. First it got our written submissions, so Guatemala put in all the documents it had that would support its case to get some piece of Belizean land. Belize put in all the documents it had. Then we had an oral hearing which is the Belize side that’s stated in this booklet. So we’ve been through this movie before; we’ve done this already, we know what their arguments are, we know what the documentation is. We’ve gone through this over and over again. International lawyers like Mandy Hudson working for them; voluminous amounts of documents. We have had access to those; we know what they are arguing. All these lawyers know their argument and they all conclude that they don’t have a valid case. I am sorry, I can’t make up a case that Guatemala has to please people that want to hear…”


Marleni Cuellar

“But what is their strongest point coming forward? That the 1859 Treaty is a treaty of cession? Is that what it is?”


Assad Shoman

“Well even if that is true, which it is not; let us assume that they were to prove that which is impossible because the interpretation of treaties as you know goes first of all to the wording of the thing. Second of all, to what is the purpose, the whole purpose of the treaty? Was it the purpose to build a road or increase commerce? It states very clearly in almost every article, including article seven, that it is a boundary treaty so there is no question about that.”

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