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“…THE ICJ WILL END UP BEING OUR BEST OPTION, OR OUR ONLY OPTION…” Print E-mail
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Written by Ed U. Kate   
Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

I urge you to read for yourself the rational of publisher Evan X Hyde on page 13 of the Friday, August 11th, 2017 issue of AMANDALA. He made it abundantly clear that when “some of [his] activist friends immediately went public with a complete denunciation of the ICJ proposition he, “did not do what they did.”  He did not say if he had discussed the matter with them. Did he ask them to explain their reasons?  Human beings are born with free will and it may very well be that he respectfully made a mental note of their position. Stubbornness is a trait of some humans.  Just this morning Keith was trying once again to teach me about ‘the subtleness of science and the exactness of art.’  Just as I was getting ready to take him seriously; he blurted out how very close he was to Ms. Nora.  At that very second I was hearing her voice in my head – she never called his name to me but rather preferred the moniker “Old Liad.”  Go figure…

I believe that a matter as important as the management of the unfounded claim demands that all our resources are brought to bear on the issue.  We must be as sharp and as focused as we possibly can; no stone must be left unturned.This is why I welcome the opportunities to discuss the issue.  History is very easy to study if one has a keen interest in the material.  From the research that I am doing, some facts are very clear to me:  1) In 1853, the ‘Prime Minister’ of Guatemala, Manuel Pavón told Wyke that Guatemala wished to conclude a secret treaty, definitively settling the boundary line.  She was worried about the rapidly expanding Belize Settlement and filibustering activities.  2) The British Foreign Office was very, very careful in its instructions to Charles Lennox Wyke.  The British demanded a sound contract.  3) Wyke felt the need to place an inducement on the table, hence Article Seven.  4) Said inducement was NOT a firm promise of material “…TO USE THEIR EFFORTS…”  Guatemala, then at war with El Salvador and in dire financial straits, FAILED to ratify within the agreed six months. 5) As early as August 17th, 1937 Britain was prepared to defend this territory at The Hague Court.  6) The Legislative Council of British Honduras in 1949 urged the British to take the matter to court.  7) Hero Goldson made it quite clear in 1967 that the ICJ was his choice. 8) C. L. B. Rogers, the real muscle behind Price, himself went to the UN to ask for help.  9)  Price made more appearances at the UN than any other Belizean.  Price and Rogers knew fully well that the ICJ was the judicial arm of the United Nations. 10) On August 23rd, 2015 Compton Fairweather wrote:  "The Guatemalan authorities are aware that there is absolutely no way an ICJ decision would be in their favor.  Their best lawyers have told them so.” [Review Manley O. Hudson]

Back to the “activist friends,” some in the PUP felt that using the Guatemalan issue just before elections might have benefited them – it did not; they lost.  Some do not want Sedi to argue the case – that was never the plan; specialist international lawyers are on retainer.  Mose is the mouthpiece of the Zinc Fence although he is woefully ignorant in everything above a Standard VI level.  Could the activists have felt that Mose was broadcasting the view of X? Clearly, the activists have gotten the wrong impression.  My ears perk up the minute I hear Rufus, Paco, Sharon, Patrick, Sandra, Nuri, Ya-Ya, Giovanni, Lisa, McLaren, Carolyn, Indira, Jules, Imaun, Derek and others.

I urge the activists, those in the media and every voter to carefully read Bianchi, Humphreys, Bloomfield, Hudson, Burdon, Foreign Office and Colonial Office records, White Book, Archives of Jamaica, Belize, Spain, Mexico…  Never assume that you know enough about this matter.   Read, check, discuss; and then read again!  It is truly a pleasure to read something for the first time or to gain a deeper understanding on subsequent reads!