The debate on whether or not to take the Belize/Guatemala issue to the International Court of Justice, ICJ, has the country divided. The Government has declared a yes position on the matter while the People’s United Party, PUP, after wavering for some time, finally arrived at a no-vote. Organizations like the Belize Peace Movement and the Belize Territorial Volunteers have publicly gone on record stating that they are against taking the matter to the ICJ. Today, there is still no feedback from the unions. According to Marvin Mora, the President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, NTUCB, the unions are still undecided.
Marvin Mora – President of the NTUCB: “When we had just started last year the question came to us and we took a time to go over some of the facts that we already had at that point in time. Honestly we were not really in favor of going, that was on a personal basis. Most of the leaders felt that they did not have enough information at that point in time to be able to support going to the ICJ at that point in time. What that position currently is is what we are trying to do we are trying to guide our members to information sources whether it be presentations made by experts in some of their fields, whether legal presentations, historic presentations and so forth so that our members can get a wide spectrum of the information from the no side and from the yes side so that is what we are currently engaged in. Most of the unions have done some serious ground work, some Unions are lagging behind.”
Mora added that the aim is to provide their members with sufficient information so at the end of the day, they will be able to make an informed decision when the appointed time comes.