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Jun 3, 2022

Belize Submits Counter-Memorial to The Hauge

Belize submitted its counter-memorial to the Registrar of the International Court of Justice in the Hague today. The Government of Belize stated via press release earlier that the counter-memorial makes a robust defense of Belize’s sovereignty over its entire territory, including islands, and the pertaining maritime areas in accordance with international law. According to the timetable announced by the court, which was amended during the pandemic, Guatemala submitted its memorial on December eight, 2021, and is due to submit its reply to Belize’s counter-memorial in December of 2022. Belize will then have until June 2023 to submit its rejoinder, after which the court will set a date for the oral hearing.  Prime Minister Briceño made the announcement today inside the National Assembly.


Prime Minister John Briceno

Prime Minister John Briceno

“June Third is a historic day for Belize. I can report to this honorable House and to the Belizean people that earlier, Belize filed its Counter-Memorial at the International Court of Justice in The Hauge. Our Counter Memorial provides a strong defense to Guatemala’s Memorial or to their claim and resolutely defends the sovereignty, the territorial integrity, and independence of Belize. By this special agreement, Guatemala must submit its reply to Belize’s counter memorial by third December 2022. Belize will have six months thereafter to deliver our rejoinder so that by June 2023 we expect the written pleadings in the case to have closed. This of course assumes that there will be no further events or eventuality that might delay this case. Assuming that there is no further delay, the court will proceed to set a date for hearing which I am advised can occur in 2024 if not before. Although rules of court prevents us from disclosing details of the pleadings of either party, Belizeans can rest assured that a strong, clear, and powerful case has been made for all our territory, continental ad insular , as well as the maritime areas as determined by international law.”


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