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Apr 16, 2019

Eamon Courtenay – No Mention of Honduras in Schwebel’s Legal Opinion

Eamon Courtenay

According to Senator Courtenay, Honduras will likely sign on as an interested party should the matter be taken to the I.C.J.   He went on to say that the legal opinion provided by retired I.C.J. President Stephen Schwebel makes no mention of Honduras stake in the case.


Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“Beyond that, for the maritime areas in the Port of Honduras to be set, Honduras has to be a part and I have very little doubt that once this claim is filed Honduras is going to apply to be a party so that its rights in the Port of Honduras are not prejudiced.  What is the point?  You can read the 2002 opinion from beginning to end and you will see no opinion expressed about the strength or weakness of any claim from Honduras.  They went and they asked Professor Schwebel to issue a revised, updated opinion but there is no, absolutely not a word about any potential claim from Honduras.  We are rushing headlong into this matter without telling the Belizean people that there is likely to be a claim from Honduras that we as a people need to decide, if Honduras says we abandoned any claim, go to Honduras, get a diplomatic note to that effect and publish it so that we can rest assured.  We need to make an informed decision.”

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