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Nov 18, 2019

Where is the Sarstoon Protocol?

John Briceño

It has been six months since Belize submitted its notification to the International Court of Justice to have Guatemala’s unfounded claim permanently settled. The I.C.J. referendum was held on May eighth, and the notification was submitted on June seventh. Belize’s notification activated the procedure under the Special Agreement and it is expected that Guatemala will now submit its claim no later than June seventh, 2020. Since the I.C.J. referendum months ago, we haven’t heard much from the Government and there hasn’t been much-reported activity in the Sarstoon, which was an area of contention with the Guatemalan Armed Forces blocking Belizeans from traversing the area. But Opposition Leader, John Briceño, reminds Prime Minister Barrow of the Sarstoon Protocol and the provisional measures.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“The government said that they are going to get a Sarstoon Protocol and yet we hear nothing about what happened to the Sarstoon protocol. They also said that they are going to get provisional ruling with the ICJ which is a quick thing that we can get so at least we can stop them with their aggression in the Sarstoon River. So what happened to both? It seems that we have not gotten anything when it comes to the provisional ruling or that the ICJ can tell Guatemala you need to leave things as they have been in the Sarstoon River. That has not happened and we still haven’t gotten an agreement, a Sarstoon Protocol as yet. We don’t even hear the government talking about it.”

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