Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018. 9:54 am CST.
By BBN Staff: In his New Year’s message to Belizeans, Prime Minister Dean Barrow shared with Belizeans his reasons for voting Yes to take Guatemala’s longstanding claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement.
“The objective of this would be to end any questioning of our sovereignty and to obtain a legally binding reaffirmation of the sanctity of our known long-established borders and territorial integrity. My own Yes position is based on my conviction or rather my certainty that Belize would comprehensively win and Guatemala will comprehensively lose at the ICJ. Those who talk about litigation risk need to be reassured that the ICJ is obliged in its decision to keep sovereign countries intact. The ICJ is thus completely bound by International law and its applied self-determination principles,” Barrow explained.
Barrow further added that those principles uphold absolutely Belize’s right to live in peace within its 1859 borders.
“Those principles further make clear that there cannot be even the slightest variation from our boundaries,” Barrow stated.
He appeals to Belizeans to ‘fear not’ and to proceed with absolute assurance to the April 10th referendum polls because this is the most important national decision Belizeans will make for generations to come.
Barrow made certain that whichever way the referendum goes, it will be a true reflection of Belizean maturity and democracy.
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