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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2019. 9:41 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On May 8, 2019, Belizeans voted in favor of taking Guatemala’s long-standing claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final settlement.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow thanked all Belizeans for participating and publicly invited the Opposition to join in the efforts to take Belize’s case to the ICJ.

Last week, Cabinet approved the appointment of Ambassador Assad Shoman as the Government of Belize’s agent at the World court and Ambassador Alexis Rosado as co-agent.

In an interview with the media yesterday, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno confirmed that both parties will work together in preparation of Belize’s case.

Briceno said that he is nominating Senior counsel Eamon Courtenay and attorney, Leslie Mendez, to represent the PUP on the bi-partisan committee.

Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington will chair the committee along with Attorney General, Micheal Peyrefitte.

In addition, Briceno informed that Shoman assured him that as agent of the Government, they will work closely with the committee.

“There’s going to be complete transparency with the committee and accountability and the Prime Minister, also we have spoken a few times over the phone, has also assured me that he wants us to be able to work together on this issue every step of the way, to ensure that when there’s the change of government that we expect shortly, that we will be able to continue the work that was already started,” Briceno asserted.

Briceno further stated that the unified effort is to ensure that everything is done to ensure that we can defend every single square centimetre that rightfully belongs to Belize.

 

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