VIP proposes alternative to ICJ in resolving of Belize/Guatemala dispute

Posted: April 20th, 2016. 11:35 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) has written to the government with an alternative solution to the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute since even with increased tensions GOB “has seemingly chosen not to initiate diplomatic efforts in this regard.”   VIP_Belize_logo

The party has written to the Prime Minister in a letter dated April 18 and has copied the Opposition, People’s United Party. In that letter it requests that GOB discontinue the Special Agreement leading to the referendum on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and to make request of the United Nations Security Council to comply with its mandate of ensuring the security and territorial inviolability of our country.

VIP, as it had indicated before, maintains that the United Nations Security Council is the best choice for Belize. The party bases its argument on a resolution passed by the Council, resolution 35/20 that was unanimously passed at the 57th plenary meeting held on 11 November, 1980.

That document states quote, “the inalienable right of the people of Belize to self-determination, independence and territorial integrity…” and requested “the relevant organs of the United Nations to take such actions as may be appropriate…. In order to facilitate the attainment of independence by Belize and to guarantee its security and territorial integrity thereafter.”

The VIP contends that “the provisions of this resolution mandates the United Nations Security Council, as the peacekeeping organ of the United Nations, to intercede on our behalf as and when requested to ensure our security and territorial inviolability.”

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