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Senate to Meet to Discuss Special Agreement with Belize and Guatemala

The Government has made one more step in taking Guatemala’s dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. There will be a Special Sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, November 30. During that Senate Meeting, a motion will be passed asking for Senators to authorize the Ratification by Belize to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim to the ICJ. Motion four will ask senators to authorize the ratification by Belize of the Protocol to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit the dispute to the ICJ. The mere wording of the motion has caused activists and regular Belizeans to be very concerned because a referendum on the matter has not been exercised. However we understand that even though the Senate ratifies the motion, a referendum will still be carried out by the Government. Also expected during next week’s Senate meeting is Belize’s accession to the United Nation’s Convention against Corruption. It also seems that the Integrity Commission will finally become a reality. It will be proposed that Attorney Marilyn Williams be the Chairperson of the Integrity Commission. The list of proposed members is as follows: Armead Gabourel, Lisbeth Delgado, Wilmot Simmons, Nestor Vasquez, Melissa Balderamos and Claudet Grinage.