Posted: Monday, May 23, 2022. 9:21 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: He has been charged for some specific sexual allegations in his personal life, but professionally, former Ambassador to the European Union, Alexis Rosado, remains one of Belize’s “few good men” where the Guatemalan claim is concerned.
And that is why he remains co-agent with Ambassador Assad Shoman on Belize’s team at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as Belize prepares to file its counter-memorial for the case by June 8.
After Friday’s Senate meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade & Immigration Eamon Courtenay offered his first public comments on the issue, noting that the ex-Ambassador retains security of tenure under Section 107 of the Constitution and is therefore subject to a lengthy process to be removed.
The decision was therefore made to remove him from his post at the European Union but Courtenay indicated this was not a punishment as he remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and he continues to act as co-agent until the ICJ case is finished, which will take as much as three years.
“As far as the Prime Minister is concerned, as far as I am concerned, at this point in time, the case that has been made against him does not affect his ability to perform his duties as ambassador and co-agent. We have brought him back, moved him from frontline representation and asked him to stay on as our co-agent, continuing the research and preparing the case. The allegation against him in his private life is serious and something that he has to deal with. And I don’t know how and when that is going to be resolved, but as far as I am concerned, at this time, as we understand where we are, it is important that he continues to do the work for Belize,” Courtenay told reporters.
Professionally, Rosado, along with Assad Shoman and David Gibson, is one of the few who have studied the unfounded Guatemalan claim and related issues from a historical, diplomatic and legal point of view, he added. The Government, Courtenay said, could not afford to sideline someone with Rosado’s skills and experience while facing the prospect, he noted, of Guatemala potentially claiming up to two-thirds of Belizean territory.
At this point, the counter-memorial is being printed and after some additional clean-up work in terms of research it will be filed and Guatemala will then have six months to respond.
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