Resistance For Belize In The Diaspora: BREDAA Urges Belizeans To Say No To The Compromis and The I.C.J.
By Bilal Morris
The Belize Rural Development of Agriculture through Alliance (B.R.E.D.A.A.), presented its recent position on the joint declaration of the special agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit the territorial, insular, and maritime claim of Guatemala to the International Court of Justice, through a radio show on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 in Los Angeles.
BREDAA’s representative Bilal Morris appearing live on the Pacifica Radio Network that includes KPFK, Los Angeles, KPFA, Berkeley, KPFT, Houston, WBAI, New York and WPFW, Washington, D.C. urged Belizeans and Guatemalans in the Diaspora to “Say no to the Compromis and to the International Court of Justice.” In an intense 30-minute presentation on KPFK’s, Freedom Now show hosted by Dedan Kamathi, Morris articulated the anti-Guatemalan case to the millions of Pacifica’s radio audiences in the United States, which included many Belizeans and Guatemalans living abroad. “The International Court of Justice cannot be trusted to decide the fate of Belize and Belizeans,” stated Morris. “It has failed too many times to uphold justice in the international community.”
The recent declaration against the signed December 8, 2008 agreement signed by both the Belize and Guatemalan governments to take the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice has awoken many Belizeans abroad to reject the Compromis under the terms that it is enshrouded in the insidious Webster Proposals of 1968, the treacherous Heads of Agreement of 1981 and the betraying Maritime Areas Act of 1991, which was vehemently rejected by Belizeans at home and abroad. The radio statement also reiterated that the terms under which the Guatemalan claim will be argued if it is to go to the I.C.J. has been architected by people who view the Belizean homeland as an economic interest and therefore one where Belize will have to give concessions again.
The BREDAA statement is the first to come out from the Belizean Diaspora against the so-called Compromis that has many Belizeans concerned both at home and abroad because of the recent Guatemalan encroachments at the Belize / Guatemalan border and the illegal settlement building problems that the Belize government faced since 2005. In July of 2006, BREDAA also made another anti-Guatemalan statement via the Pacifica Radio Network again to condemn these illegal settlements from Guatemala, and supporting Belize’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. It addressed the dispute from the position that the Guatemalan government has to be held accountable for these cross-bordering conflicts and trespasses on Belizean land since it does nothing to stop them.
Since 1991, BREDAA has been at the forefront of the Belize / Guatemalan dispute in theDiaspora when it hosted the only Town Meeting for Belizeans in Los Angeles to voiced their concerns on the Maritime Areas Act. The meeting was filmed and aired on various media in Belize a week later. From 1986 to 1996, the BREDAA organization has stood steadfastly against the Guatemalan claim through its popular education programs aired on its radio show on KPFK, in Los Angeles. The L.A born movement has presented the most formidable resistance in the Diaspora against the illegal Guatemalan claim to date. Throughout this period and presently, it has build Alliances with the Maya’s of Guatemala and the Guatemalan people in the Diaspora who does not support Guatemala’s claim to Belize.
During this period, BREDAA also brought to task the Belize / Guatemalan question to past Belizean governments where they were hosted on its KPFK show Belize-Caribbean Pulse. The coverage aided the Belizean government resistance against the Guatemalan claim and boosted American public opinion in Belize’s favor. Since the Agreement or Compromis was signed at the Organization of American States (O.A.S.) headquarters in Washington, D.C., Belize will have many support amongst an informed and educated American citizenry because of BREDAA’s lobbying efforts through the Pacifica Radio Network, KPFK Los Angeles and WPFW in Washington, D.C.
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