Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Under the auspices of the Organization of American States, Belize and Guatemala will see if they can use peaceful means of resolving a territorial dispute by holding simultaneous referenda on whether they should refer the matter to the International Court of Justice.
A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says that Mr. Ban “welcomes their decision to hold simultaneous referenda on 6 October 2013 to consult their populations on referring the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).” Click here to see the text of the statement. The spokesperson noted that Belize and Guatemala have requested financial support from the international community for the referenda and possible eventual legal proceedings. He also added that the "Secretary-General believes that this process is in line with the objective of pacific settlement of disputes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and merits international support."
(mew) (adapted from a UN Press Release)