Belize is on its way in finalizing a legal team to represent us at the International Court of Justice. It has been over four months since the country voted in favour of taking the Belize/Guatemala claim to the ICJ. June 21 saw the ICJ set a timeline for the initial pleadings. Guatemala has until May 2020 to enter their claim to the court and then Belize will have one year to counter the claim. The media met up with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, who updated us on where Belize is on the case.
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “We have been working on the issue of the retaining of our legal team and I think that Mr.Assad Shoman is presently engaged in trying to finalize that part of it. In the meantime I imagine the Guatemalans are preparing their case and as soon as we have our legal team in place they will be doing more work on it. I do know that we have been doing work on it in terms of research and the like, so all things seem to be going well in that quarter. There was a recommendation made, which the Prime Minister took on board that we should invite other firms to express interest and we look at the proposal they took to us, that was done and that has been dealt with.”