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Belize's Independence and Decolonization in Latin America: by A. Shoman

By A. Shoman

Belize, a small British colony in imperative the USA confronted with a territorial declare and armed forces threats from neighboring Guatemala, overcame negative aspects of dimension and gear through imposing a technique of internationalization that applied new foreign norms and overseas agencies, particularly the Non-Aligned circulate and the United countries. This booklet, written by means of a key participant within the independence fight, info the heritage of the territorial declare and of the foreign crusade that made it attainable for Belize to accomplish safe independence with all its territory regardless of pressures from Britain and the us to cede land and compromise its sovereignty.

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The same can be said about the norm of multilateralism and in particular the role of the UN. Belize purposely sought to use resolutions of the UN (where it was guaranteed an automatic and overwhelming majority as a result of the use of its alliance-building capabilities) in order to limit Guatemala’s scope of action, although it must be said that the nature of Guatemalan governments at that time led them to seek to defy UN resolutions. More importantly, Belize used the moral authority of the UN, and more particularly of the Commonwealth, which had a special significance for Britain, to “name and shame” the UK into honoring its obligations toward Belize.

53 The arrangements regarding Belize, however, turned out not to be satisfactory to Britain, because Wyke had exceeded his instructions. ”54 Wyke, however, believed that Britain had encroached on the Guatemalan territory, and that Guatemala would demand some form of compensation in order to sign the boundary treaty. 56 It declared: It is agreed . . 57 Ratifications of the Convention were exchanged on September 12, 1859,58 and that should have been the end of the matter, but it turned out to be just the beginning of a century and a half of strife, occasioned by Article 7 of the treaty.

In 1859 and 1860, Wyke negotiated treaties with Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in accordance with the terms agreed previously with the 30 B E L I Z E’ S I N D E P E N D EN C E United States. 53 The arrangements regarding Belize, however, turned out not to be satisfactory to Britain, because Wyke had exceeded his instructions. ”54 Wyke, however, believed that Britain had encroached on the Guatemalan territory, and that Guatemala would demand some form of compensation in order to sign the boundary treaty.

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