Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 1:20 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Last night, a debate on the pros and cons of going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was hosted at the Saint Catherine’s Academy in Belize city.
Presenting onthe ‘Yes’ vote to the ICJ, was Assad Shoman and Ambassador Alexis Rosado, and on the ‘No’ to the ICJ was attorney, Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley.
Ambassador Rosado presented on the history of the Guatemalan claim and the effects of incursions in Belizean territory. Rosado stated that all negotiations have been exhausted hence the reason to take the claim to court for a final settlement. Rosado also shared information gathered from international law experts.
Bradley also presented on the background of the Guatemalan claim and the agreements signed between the British and the Guatemalan government.
Bradley referred to the ICJ education campaign as lacking the complete history and background information for Belizeans to be able to make an informed decision.
Bradley told attendees that Guatemala is the United States’ best friend, “If you think the US and Britain will abandon their good friend, Guatemala with 17 million people for a tiny handful of people, weh confuse like we, never, get real.”
Bradley then said that both major political parties in Belize are supporting a ‘Yes’ vote to the ICJ.
He also affirmed that having Guatemalans inside of Belizean territories and waters at the Sarstoon should never be allowed by the “two gangs in this country”.
“UDP and PUP are the two biggest gangs in this country that are destroying our very way of life,” Bradley said, to which attendees applauded.
Bradley ended by saying that in a parliamentary democracy, if there is a ‘No’ vote in April of 2019, the government should resign along with the opposition leaders (for being complicit with the government).
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