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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 3:33 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today, commemorated the 160th anniversary of the signing of the 1859 treaty between Great Britain and Guatemala by reemphasizing why the organization believes the treaty is not enough for a win at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The BPM said that several factors affect the treaty’s viability, such as the 2008 Special Agreement/Compromis; voter disenfranchisement of born Belizeans within the diaspora while allowing persons born in Guatemala to vote in the upcoming referendum; and the education campaign which is geared towards pushing a “yes” vote over equipping Belizeans with all the pros and cons of taking the claim to the ICJ.

The BPM says that the combined issues make the 1859 Treaty “not sufficient to warrant the false notion that Belize has an ‘iron-clad’ case.”

The movement took the time to reiterate its call to Belizeans to vote “No” to the ICJ in the upcoming referendum.

 

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