"How you can end the the Guatemalan Claim" - that's the name of a new book launched by Assad Shoman and published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The original idea was that the book by Belize's pre-eminent living historian would be used as an awareness tool, to get the public to support the referendum.
But, as Shoman himself says, there's not going to be a referendum this year, or next.
Still, they launched the book today in the hope that it can help to build critical mass and support for the referendum going forward:..
Assad Shoman "I can tell you that those resolutions do not in any way guarantee our borders.
When we caught up with the leader of the opposition earlier today we also asked him about the claim made by former Foreign Minister, Assad Shoman, that despite the P.U.P.'s [...]
On the heels of the Forum on Belize Guatemala, Ambassador Assad Shoman has released a book entitled "How You Can End the Guatemalan Claim" and as he mentioned in last night's forum, the book speaks of the solution being going to the International Court of Justice.
He explained that the book was written at the time when the Belize Guatemala referendum was at the forefront and it served as an encouragement for Belizeans to know why it was important to have a referendum and to go to the ICJ.
ASSAD SHOMAN "I think that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs feels that, in the first instance, they feel that it is possible that the referendum may be held next year but I don't think so.
Assad Shoman gave a lecture today about the Belize and Guatemala relations at the University of Belize.
"Historian Assad Shoman (Author of 13 - A History of Belize in Thirteen Chapters) gave a brief lecture on the Belize - Guatemala Relations this morning at the UB Auditorium.
Assad Shoman speaks to UB students on Belize/Guatemala Dispute
This request was made on the strength of at least three agreements in the Confidence Building Measures signed on September 7, 2005 by Hon. Assad Shoman, Foreign Minister of Belize, H.E. Jorge Briz Abularach, Foreign Minister of Guatemala, and H.E. Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States.
The Belize Times Weekly Newspaper Online - Patriots Honored |||
Those seven Belizeans are Assad Shoman and Alice Margaret Craig who were bestowed with the Order of Belize, Sir Edney Cain, Rudolph Castillo, Robert Leslie and Severo Pinto who received the Order of Distinguished Service Award and Gladys Bernard who accepted the Meritorious Service Award.
Assad Shoman - Order of BelizeAssad Shoman was born in Belize City on 13th February 1943.He was a graduate of St. John's College and later the University of Hull in the United Kingdom where he pursued a Bachelor of Laws degree.He later went onto London to qualify as a Barrister at the famous Gray's Inn. Shoman returned to Belize in 1968 and was employed as a Magistrate and Crown Counsel in the colonial administration of then British Honduras.He left the civil service and in 1970 started off as a private lawyer, working with his friend Said Musa, who had also left the civil service for private practice. Shoman soon became active in the nationalist movement and after taking part in a number of civil movements, accepted an offer of the then Premier George Price in 1971 to become a special assistant to the Premier and head the Belizean Independence Secretariat.He was named a Senator in the 1974 to 1978 National Assembly and was later elected to the House of Representatives in the 1979-1984 term. During the UDP administration of 1984-1989, Shoman returned to private life, but still remained in the public eye.He was a lawyer, activist and educator.He helped to form the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR) and was personally involved in that organization until the political tide returned the People's United Party to government for the 1989 - 1993 term of office. Before he returned to government service, Assad Shoman found the time to write a number of books and publications including The Birth of the Nationalist Movement in Belize (1976); Land in Belize (with Nigel Bolland) (1977); A History of Belize - Nation in the Making (1993); Belize Today.A Society in Transformation (1984); and the celebrated 13 Chapters of a History of Belize (published in 1994).He also compiled Backtalking Belize: Selected Writings in 1995. He was appointed Belize's Ambassador to Mexico in 1993 but that was short-lived, as the PUP government lost the election that year.Returned to office in 1998, Shoman continued his interrupted diplomatic career with appointments as High Commissioner of Belize to the Court of Saint James' (London) and Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain during the years 1998 to 2002. Shoman was recalled to Belize in 2003 and appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.He was later appointed a Senator with ministerial rank and was then given the title of Chief Foreign Affairs Representative of Belize.He took up residence in Cuba as Belize's resident ambassador.He continues to be involved in Belize's major diplomatic activities, and is currently Belize's Chief Negotiator in the Belize-Guatemala facilitation process sponsored by the Organization of American States.
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hon. Assad Shoman, was appointed an Ambassador with Ministerial Rank and Chief Foreign Affairs Representative for the Government of Belize.Four Ministers of State were also appointed.
And while we had the Prime Minister's attention we asked him to explain the status of diplomat extraordinaire, Assad Shoman.Janelle Chanona, Reporting "I needed to ask you to respond to exactly what Ambassador Assad Shoman will be doing in Lond ... [Read More]
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