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noimageIf you have been in tuned to the news lately, you would know that Guatemala has officially commenced preparations for public consultations to educate the Guatemalan people on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute for a final decision on whether or not the matter should be settled at the International Court of Justice. And while Belize had not taken any previous stand on the issue, tomorrow the Senate is expected to meet with the aim of ratifying the existing Special Agreement between both parties so that a referenda can be held as soon as possible.

But while GOB is taking its own measures with respect to the issue, there are many Belizeans who are against GOB’s position including members of the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) who expressed their dissatisfaction and concern through a release earlier today. The VIP believes that the ratification will open doors for GOB to mislead Belizeans into jeopardizing Belize’s territory in its entirety and is claiming that the government is taking huge steps without considering seven crucial points.

Among those points is that the Senate should not approve the Special Agreement due to the mere fact that it goes against our constitution as proper procedures on the voting of the territorial dispute have not being taken. The second is that Belize will be going into the ICJ blindly as they are unaware of Guatemala’s true claims in court. Thirdly, the VIP is of the position that the Guatemalans continue to show aggression to Belizeans who traverse the Sarstoon area which clearly and out rightly violates our rights. The fourth point goes on to say that GOB has failed to provide meaningful education to the Belizean people as previously promised and agreed upon Article one of the Special Agreement.

The VIP continues to stand firm in their belief that it is necessary for Belize to formulate and implement a comprehensive and viable Strategic Policy to contain Guatemala’s hostility and that such policy should not place Belizean territory at jeopardy but therefore compel Guatemala to abide by its international obligations.

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