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Assad Shoman: Captain for ICJ campaign

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018. 8:44 pm CST.

BBN Staff: On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow referred to former minister of Foreign Affairs, Assad Shoman, several times while updating Belizeans on the government’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) public awareness campaign.

Barrow stated that he sees no reason to postpone the ICJ referendum date.

Then, he referred to Shoman’s book: “ Why would we completely finalize our ICJ preparations before we even know if we are going to the ICJ? And especially when our case, as Assad Shoman’s summary in his most recent book makes crystal clear, is already so factually obvious and legally compelling, that applying finishing touches would not require very much time. But that there is more than sufficient time is also borne out by the ICJ procedure.”

Barrow also shared that if Belize decided to postpone the referendum, it would run the risk of alarming Belize’s international friends which we need to keep close.

Furthermore, Barrow said that the Government is speaking to Shoman to define his role in the ICJ public awareness campaign. “With his outstanding academic and practical expertise, and his historical centrality to the long and tortuous evolution of this issue, Assad could be an invaluable resource. We hope soon, then, to conclude an agreement with him,” Barrow disclosed on Monday.

Various resources already being used in the public awareness campaign were written by Shoman.

 

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