ICJ seised of a dispute between Guatemala and Belize 13 Jun 2019
Press Release

THE HAGUE, 12 June 2019. On 7 June 2019,

Tthe International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, was seised of a dispute between Guatemala and Belize by way of a special agreement.

On 8 December 2008, the two States concluded a “Special Agreement . . . to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice”, which was subsequently amended by a Protocol concluded on 25 May 2015 (hereinafter “Special Agreement”). Under the terms of Articles 1 and 2 of this Special Agreement, the Parties agree to submit the following dispute to the Court:

“The Parties request the Court to determine in accordance with applicable rules of international law as specified in Article 38 (1) of the Statute of the Court any and all legal claims of Guatemala against Belize to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories, to declare the rights therein of both Parties, and to determine the boundaries between their respective territories and areas.”

 

For more go to: https://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/177/177-20190612-PRE-01-00-EN.pdf 

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