Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018. 9:01 am CST.
By BBN Staff : Belize’s upcoming national referendum is scheduled for April 10, 2019. The question of taking Guatemala’s long standing claim on Belize’s continental, insular and maritime territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement will be decided upon by Belizeans.
The notion of taking the claim to the ICJ continues to spark public discussion among potential ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ voters.
On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained that if Belizeans vote in favor of going to the ICJ, there is a timeline of events leading up to litigation at the court.
According to Barrow, if Belize obtains a ‘Yes’ vote, the process officially begins one month after.
That means that on May 10, 2019, Guatemala would submit its arguments to the ICJ and Belize.
Belize would then have one year after the arguments are submitted to respond.
Guatemala would have another six months to reply to Belize’s response.
Belize would then get another six months thereafter for our rejoinder to their reply.
Barrow explained that the timetable is viable and adequate: “Surely, that kind of timetable is overly adequate for us to get everything fully and comprehensibly together before the hearing, before trial.”
Furthermore, Barrow reiterated that a postponement of the referendum date would not be a good idea because it would ‘alarm’ Belize’s international friends.
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