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PM says best option is to say ‘yes’ to the ICJ

Prime Minister Dean Barrow says Belize has an airtight case if Guatemala’s claim is decided upon by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This pronouncement was made this morning at a prime ministerial press conference in Belize City. The last time the Prime Minister called a press conference was in March to address the increased gun violence in Belize City. Two months later, PM Barrow summoned the media to the Biltmore where he addressed issues of national importance. Prime Minister Barrow first addressed taking Guatemala’s claim to the ICJ. Guatemala’s voting populace has decided to take the claim to the ICJ and in Belize, the population will get to decide on April 10, 2019. The Government is Pro-ICJ and it is the hope of the Barrow administration that the people vote ‘yes’ .

Cabinet’s official position is that a yes vote ought to be recommended to the people of Belize. Barrow says that majority of Cabinet Ministers will vote yes and most UDP area representatives would advise their constituency to do the same. However, the Prime Minister says that this should not clash with the ICJ referendum campaign being conducted by the referendum unit.

Barrow recently met with the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, and impressed upon him the need to have the OAS Adjacency Zone office properly maintained.