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Commentary: Belize must take a tougher stand against Guatemala
Published on January 10, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Wellington C. Ramos

For the Guatemalan Congress to pass laws to have jurisdiction over our land, sea and territory is a gross violation of international law.

Born in Dangriga Town, the cultural capital of Belize, Wellington Ramos has BAs in Political Science and History from Hunter College, NY, and an MA in Urban Studies from Long Island University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History
We should tell the president and government of Guatemala to void the laws within 30 Days. Failure to act within this time period will result in our government taking further actions, which will include:

1. Suspend diplomatic ties with Guatemala until the laws are revoked.

2. Recall our ambassador to Guatemalan and ask that their ambassador to Belize be recalled as well.

3. File a protest with the UN Security Council and request a hearing on this matter immediately.

4. Take our case against Guatemala on our own to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for all the violations they have and are still committing against us, without waiting for a referendum to be held in both countries to be approved.

Nations can seek redress from the International Court of Justice whenever they are convinced their rights are being violated by another nation at anytime.

Note: This is a valid case for the ICJ to hear. If we are successful at the International Court of Justice, then we might need to have a referendum again to decide whether to go to the court or not.

Failure to act will make Guatemala believe that they will be able to annex our land, sea and territory by "Prescription". Which is taking our land, sea and territory piece by piece over an extended and uninterrupted period of time and we do not respond to their constant encroachment on time.

Passing laws is giving them jurisdiction, which I consider to be extremely dangerous. I call on all Belizeans at home and abroad to tell our government to act now and swiftly. Every month there is a new development with Guatemala and our land and it is becoming a nuisance.
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