On September 5th, the United Kingdom donated 1.3 million dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The United Nations Development Program and US Government and others have donated to the fund and the US is encouraging Belize to go to the ICJ. The US is not a party to the ICJ when it comes to settling disputes. However, Leader of the Opposition John Briceno commented on the topic and said he will continue on his listening tour to get his party’s consensus on a permanent position on the ICJ matter.
Leader of the Opposition John Bricenio: “I think that the US Government has seen that there is a legal problem between the Belize and Guatemala. We have tried almost everything that we can think about; negotiations from I think around 1962 and here we are coming to the end of 2018 and we still can’t come to an agreement. We have always said that Belize will never give up an inch of land and then Guatemala is saying that we want a piece of land and when it get s to that point then obviously you can only go to the Court. We in our party as I said are on listening tour. This evening I am going to be meeting with the executives and the leaders in Corozal South East, Corozal Bay and Corozal North and I am going to listen to them and I hope that by the time I finish with all 31 constituencies that the party can have an idea, a position on the way forward.”