There is another external case that Belize is working on. This is one is of even greater national importance as it involves a territorial claim by Guatemala. As we had reported previously, Guatemala has indicated to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) what portion of Belize’s land and maritime they are claiming to be theirs. The public is not yet privy to the claim by Guatemala, but we do know that it is Belize’s turn to present its counter-claim to the ICJ. Last week Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamon Courtenay met with the legal team representing Belize.
Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration: “I have seen the memorial. All I will say to you is that our legal team is hard at work. We had a very long meeting with them last week and we are quite confident that we will be able to file a counter memorial that is going to see our territorial integrity and sovereignty over all our territory, all our islands and all our maritime spaces fully vindicated; we are confident of that.”
Reporter: What were your sentiments when you saw the claim, what it was that they’re claiming?
Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration: “I have very strict instructions from our legal team that we are not to make any comment on the Guatemala memorial and I will follow their instructions.”
Belize has until June 8, 2022 to present its countermemorial to the International court of Justice.