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18 Solid Reasons why Belize should not go to the ICJ 5

By: Joaquin Magaña Sr. The ICJ does NOT guarantee that Belize will remain with all its territory intact as it is since Belize became a crown colony in 1862 and after it became Independent in 1981. Going to ICJ is like buying lottery (Boledo). We may win but we may LOSE. We have proof of many court cases where injustice prevails; the innocent are found guilty and the guilty walk away free. We stand a good chance of winning, however, IF WE LOSE, WE WILL LOSE OUR LAND. Our country is too much to lose. We simply cannot, and will […]


INTERNATIONALIZATION CAMPAIGN 1

Guatemala refused to resume negotiations until Britain reduced its troop strength in Belize. It was not until 1975, after Belize’s election in late 1974 that the talks resumed. However, Guatemala’s position seemed to have hardened since they were demanding the cession of the southern quarter of Belize in return for recognizing the independence of the rest. This prompted the Belize government to embark on a radically new approach in which it would have to gain the support of the world to its independence. Therefore, the objectives of its internationalisation campaign were: To gain the support of as many nations as […]


GUATEMALA REVIVES CLAIM

The dispute moved now to the “court phase.” Guatemala proposed arbitration, and Britain suggested taking the matter to the Hague Court. Guatemala was not in favour of the dispute being examined purely on a legal basis. In July 1939, Guatemala published a White Book on her claims, and in 1940 Britain again offered arbitration in any of three ways: either to the Hague Court, or to a tribunal of international lawyers examining the matter under Chapter 4 of the Hague Convention, or to a tribunal of three international lawyers-one member to be selected by each party and one of them […]


Mr. Courtney on the ineptitude of Belize Minister of Foreign affairs

Who in their right mind would tell their enemy where their weak spot is? Related articles Belize Needs to Be Saved From Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington (fiwebelize.com) Carolyn Trench-sandiford on Belize – Guatemala – ICJ (fiwebelize.com) Belizeans and the ICJ Concern (fiwebelize.com) The Guatemalan Claim is being legitimized with the help of Belize by: Aria Lightfoot (twocanview.com)


BELIZE NEEDS TO BE SAVED FROM WILFRED “SEDI” ELRINGTON 1

by Eamon H. Courtenay Dear Editor, On the Channel 5 newscast for February 11, 2012, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General, gave an interview in which he once again acted completely contrary to the national interests of Belize. Mr. Elrington said: “But because the land border is already defined and the southern border is already defined, I am confident that nothing untoward can happen with respect to those two. The only place I think there is room for some surprise would have to be in the sea area or perhaps in the insular area, because those […]


Carolyn Trench Sandiford on Belize – Guatemala – ICJ 1

3 Reasons Why I will vote NO TO THE ICJ… Belize is a sovereign and independent nation and country with its boundaries defined by possession and its constitution. For generations, Guatemala has inculcated in the psychic of its people and by action that by right Belize is a part of Guatemala. The recent fiasco at the OAS meeting in Washington with Guatemala blatantly displaying a map of Guatemala including Belize is a testament to this. TIME AND CONSEQUENCE HAVE NOT CHANGED THIS. Neither will any decision of the ICJ change this unless such decision gives Guatemala what they perceive is […]


Foreign Affairs confident in a yes for the referendum 1

The Referendum is set for October sixth and government has announced that its official position in support of going to the International Court of Justice to resolve the dispute once and for all. At least to the sixty percent of the voting public h is required to validate the referendum and patriotic sentiment is already running strong and free. But Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, is confident that the vote for the referendum will be yes. He acknowledges, however; that there are still scenarios in which Belize stands to lose ground, or in his worst case scenario, maritime […]


Guatemala shows video at OAS showing Guatemala map including Belize

Guatemala shows a video at the OAS including a map of Guatemala with all of Belize in it at around 2:12:00. Related articles Commentary: The ICJ and the Belize-Guatemala issue: A den of strategy and deceit (cayobuay.wordpress.com) Belizeans and the ICJ Concern (fiwebelize.com) On Belize vs Guatemala at ICJ (cayobuay.wordpress.com) On discussing part of our path to the ICJ (cayobuay.wordpress.com) Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute heads to World Court (antiguaobserver.com) Hon. Julius Espat on Belize – Guatemala – ICJ (fiwebelize.com) The Icj and Guatemala’s Claim to Belize: a Case of Self Interest Over Sovereignty? (fiwebelize.com) Belize and Guatemala take territorial dispute to […]


Hon. Julius Espat on Belize – Guatemala – ICJ 7

I have looked at the two sides of the issue when it pertains to Belize and the ICJ, and I am convinced that the risk of loosing any part of our territory is too much to take. We have already gone through the difficult process of obtaining our Independence with our territory defined. This was unanimously agreed to by the vast majority of nations of the world. We cannot ignore this great achievement by our forefathers. Let the United Nations seek an opinion from the ICJ on our behalf, but not a judgement. – Julius Espat A strong stand on […]


Decolonization and the Border Dispute with Guatemala 1

British Honduras faced two obstacles to independence: British reluctance until the early 1960s to allow citizens to govern themselves, and Guatemala’s complete intransigence over its long- standing claim to the entire territory (Guatemala had repeatedly threatened to use force to take over British Honduras). By 1961, Britain was willing to let the colony become independent. From 1964 Britain controlled only defense, foreign affairs, internal security, and the terms and conditions of the public service. On June 1, 1973, the colony’s name was changed to Belize in anticipation of independence. After 1975 Britain allowed the colonial government to internationalize its case […]