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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Lindsay Garbutt’s reasons for saying no to ICJ move

Guatemala: Prior to 1859 Great Britain did not own or had any title to Belize. There was no such thing as “no man’s land” or “vacant land” (terra nullius) between Mexico and Guatemala that the British occupied and owned. All lands in this area were under Spanish rule and the British accepted and respected that. If this was not the case there would have been no need for Great Britain to enter into the 1783 and 1786 treaties with Spain to cut logwood and mahogany between the Rio Hondo and Sibun Rivers. Spain, however, granted to Britain only usufruct rights (the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits and profit of something belonging to another) but sovereignty remained with Spain. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

Guyana: A former Caribbean prime minister had in May declared his intention to withdraw his island from the region’s lone judicial organisation, Caribbean Court of Justice, now five months later the CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders described such thoughts as ‘a painful embarrassment.’ Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

US congratulates Belize on independence anniversary

Caribbean: The Trump administration has congratulated Belize on its 37th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, saying that “the bonds of friendship between our nations are strong.” Comment

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