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Nov 21, 2019

I.C.J. Bipartisan Committee Functioning Well, says John Briceño

John Briceño

On April tenth, 2019 Belizeans voted in favor of taking the Belize Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice to be settled permanently. A month later, Belize submitted its notification to the International Court of Justice which put in motion procedures agreed in the 2008 Special Agreement. It is expected that in one year’s time, Guatemala will file its claim and Belize will respond a year after. A bi-partisan committee of four persons including Foreign Minister Wilfred Sedi Elrington, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney Eamon Courtney and Attorney Leslie Mendez was formed.  Opposition Leader John Briceño says that the committee is functioning well and that lawyers who would represent Belize at the I.C.J. have been identified.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“That committee seems to be working very well. There is full cooperation between the Attorney General, the Foreign Minister and our former lead Senator Courtenay and Leslie Mendez. Right now they have been working very diligently in setting up the team of lawyers that is going to be representing them. I am very pleased with what I am seeing the caliber of lawyers that we are getting. I think it is an innovative way that our agents both Assad Shoman and Alexis Rosado I like how they are taking the approach. I am very happy about the way they are doing it. It is quite innovative and getting the best lawyers for the best price possible. We are not splurging but at the same time we are getting the best legal minds that can represent us and defend what is rightly ours.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is it that these lawyers or these law firms have been contracted already?”


John Briceño

“It is not true law firms; I think they are doing it through individual lawyers. I don’t know if we have already signed the contracts but I have been informed of some of the people that will be representing us.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Are you able to share their names?”


John Briceño

“I can’t share the details.”

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