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Village Council Associations: Say ‘Yes’ to the ICJ on May 8th

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019. 4:07 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Association of Village Councils (NAVCO) today issued a statement expressing its support for a ‘Yes’ vote to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

On May 8, 2019, Belizeans will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the ICJ for final settlement.

“We are cognizant of the fact that the unresolved territorial claim by Guatemala has direct impact and implications on the security and development of our Belizean communities. By virtue of the democratically derived authority we hold, our national, district and village council leaders have had an integral and active role in helping to organize the national education process for more than two solid years since 2017 in conjunction and coordination with the ICJ Referendum Unit,” the statement expressed.

NAVCO further says that the education process has been as thorough and objective and they are satisfied that people are empowered and armed with the necessary information and facts to make an educated decision on the matter.

In addition, NAVCO asserts that they are convinced that Belize has an unassailable legal case for the validation and confirmation by the world’s highest court.

“We believe it is in the nation’s best interest to seize this opportunity now to bring finality to the longstanding unfounded Guatemalan claim by voting yes to the ICJ.”

The association encourages all Belizeans to participate in this democratic process and to do so in a spirit of mutual respect and national unity, regardless of differences.

NAVCO represents over 200 villages countrywide.  

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