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Senator Woods says “Yes” to the ICJ

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019. 2:17 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: People’s United Party (PUP) Senator Valarie Woods endorsed taking the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), this week, despite PUP Party Leader John Briceño declaring that the party’s official position is a ‘No’ to the ICJ.

Yesterday, Woods posted an article on her social media account declaring her support for taking the claim to the ICJ and explaining why she took that position.

She stressed that the issue is one of national importance and presents a rare opportunity for Belizeans, as such, she has decided to vote her conscience.

“This is not the time for us to turn on each other. With this issue, this is our moment to stand together against Guatemala. With our conviction, international law and the evidence based on facts, the only viable option to do this is to take it to the ICJ,” Woods said.

The piece also pointed to a pertinent question being asked as the education campaigns for both the yes and no proponents carries on, “Will Belize lose any land or maritime territory if the country goes to the ICJ?”

Woods responded to the question saying: “The facts are on our side. We all know Belize has legal title to this territory through the 1859 Treaty, through our effective occupation and control of this territory for at least 200 years and through our right to self-determination… According to international law, Guatemala does not stand a chance.”

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