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May 12, 2015

Compromis to be Amended…Is Belize Acquiescing to Guatemala?

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

Is Belize caving in to Guatemala? At the request of Guatemala, the Government of Belize has agreed to amend the Special Agreement signed between both countries in 2008.  The compromis, as it is otherwise known, is a formal agreement between both countries to hold a joint referenda on the issue of whether the existing territorial dispute should be taken to the International Court of Justice for resolution. Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington confirmed today that he will be travelling to Guatemala later this month to sign the amendment. He says that in early March, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales contacted Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, suggesting that they proceed with an individual referendum by November, since voters in Guatemala will be going to the polls in September for general elections.  That request was made on the grounds that Guatemala wanted to cut costs in holding the referendum.  The overriding concern is that there were no consultations on the Guatemalan proposal, which is only now becoming public.  With the unfounded Guatemalan claim being the geopolitical albatross that it has long since become, it is a general sentiment that the Belizean public should have been updated on the intended changes.  This afternoon, in an extensive sit down with Elrington, he explained how the request came about.

 

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We were approached perhaps two months ago by the Guatemalan foreign minister who indicated to us, first through Ambassador Alexis Rosado, that they would wish to have their referendum hopefully by the month of November 2015.  The reason for that is that they are going to be going to general elections in September.  They believed at that time that they would have a second round of elections in November and thought that it would be convenient to do it at that time largely because of cost considerations.  If they did it together with the general elections it would be much cheaper for them.  To do it by itself it would cost a lot of money, millions of dollars.  Also too, and very fortuitously for them, perhaps the first time in their history that all the political parties were in agreement that the matter should be taken to referendum at that time.  When the proposal was conveyed to me, I indicated that I had to take it to the Cabinet.  I brought it to our Cabinet and our Cabinet agreed with the proposal.  They had no difficulty with us agreeing for us to amend the protocol, the Special Agreement to allow for us not to have do [referendum] simultaneously, at the same time, but to allow the Guatemalans to go ahead since they are ready so to do and then we would go when it is convenient for us.  So we have the blessings of the Cabinet, the prime minister communicated that information to the Leader of the Opposition personally, perhaps a month ago.  He informed me that the Leader of the Opposition had no difficulty with that, he agreed that that was acceptable to them and the new proposal then is for me to journey to Guatemala on Sunday.  That is not this coming Sunday, but the following Sunday, I think it’s going to be the twenty-fifth or the twenty-fourth and then I would sign the amended Special Agreement on the twenty-fifth, along with the Guatemalan foreign minister and that would be witnessed by the outgoing Secretary General of the O.A.S. Miguel Insulza and that would be his last working day as O.A.S. Secretary General.”

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9 Responses for “Compromis to be Amended…Is Belize Acquiescing to Guatemala?”

  1. Dr. Rabbit says:

    Sad that a lot of Belizeans don’t understand what these politicians are doing to Belize, selling it, destroying it and know just giving up and handing it over to the Guatemalans and guess what money is involved in all of this…Knowledge is Power and sad that Belizeans don’t have both.

  2. rasmanindio says:

    Who these people think they are. They do not need to consult the Belizean people reference matters relating to our territorial sovereignty. They are committing treason against the people of Belize.

  3. rasmanindio says:

    These people have no balls as Mayor Moya use to say.

  4. Ali BaBarrow says:

    I trust Sedi, you must too.

    Stop asking questions, Belize is not about Belize anymore.

    Ali is negotiating the best deal, that is all you need to know.

  5. Rod says:

    This man and this gov are traitors to their country they should immediately be arrested and put in prison for traitorous behavior they should be locked up for at least 15 yrs from the pm down wake the hell up belizeans Guatemala will son own Belize this gov truly believes they can do whatever they want to do without your approval .

  6. Paco Smith says:

    To no-one’s surprise, the GOB’s “4A Policy” of: APPEASEMENT, ACQUIESCENCE, ACCOMMODATION and ADHERENCE persists.

    In keeping with their short-sighted and treasonous actions, they have decided, in their ‘infinite wisdom’, to again give Guatemala a proverbial pass. Now this fellow will travel to Guatemala, in order to amend the COMPROMIS.

    In effect, the GOB simply continues to bend over backwards or some might characterise this treachery as simply bending over, for Guatemala to do with us, as they please.
    Simply put, the current administration has made it absolutely clear that whatever Guatemala wants, they get. Bearing this in mind, coupled with the myriad of instances in which our government has demonstrated weakness and an indisputable lack of conviction toward defending our territorial integrity and sovereignty, I shall simply put forward to all Belizeans, irrespective of your geographic location, the following question…

    “Given the ebb and flow of how the GOB, via its emissary, continues to facilitate the nation that claims half of our country, do you believe it is prudent to validate Guatemala’s unfounded claim, by agreeing to take the matter to the ICJ?”

    I certainly hope that common sense prevails in your deliberations because it is clear that the cards are stacked against Belize from the onset. In particular, given the fact that the ICJ is a court which seeks equity and our territorial integrity is a matter in which Belize must seek justice, not equity. Additionally, Guatemala’s track record of keeping its word concerning agreed upon matters, speaks for itself.

  7. guate says:

    saben si no les gusta que el referéndum se lleve a la corte y lo arremeten contra nosotros los guatemaltecos, Guatemala no tiene la culpa de que los británicos no respetaran los limites establecidos por España, los británicos son los culpables no Guatemala, Guatemala reclama la mitad de Belice porque los británicos no cumplieron con el tratado de 1858, entonces quien tiene la culpa, Guatemala ni Belice tienen la culpa, nosotros los Guatemaltecos no estamos felices con el actual situación del referéndum, Belice no esta feliz con el reclamo de Guatemala entonces debemos de encontrar una forma de resolver esto para que ambos países estén felices, Guatemala reclama la devolución de la mitad de Belice por incumplimiento británico en el tratado del 1858,

  8. Timber says:

    I posted a blog a few months ago on this same issue when this idiot was asked a question concerning a foreign affairs issue and his brother who is wanted for Medicare fraud. My post stated that what this government isn’t telling the Belizean public that we’re outmatched and outclassed as well as outwitted at these meetings. Guatemala is represented at these meetings by highly intelligent attorneys who speak better English and know our laws better than we do. My blog also stated that we’ve conceded much of the South , including all those cayes. Dean Barrow and his crooks still haven’t disclosed this to the Belizean public. God help Belize. We don’t give a fly f..k about a referendum in Guatemala! We need to take care of our own issues such as; crime, corruption, greed, ignorance and illiteracy like that venom which Mark King spewed on the news last night.

  9. DAPPA BZ says:

    guate says:

    May 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    saben si no les gusta que el referéndum se lleve a la corte y lo arremeten contra nosotros los guatemaltecos, Guatemala no tiene la culpa de que los británicos no respetaran los limites establecidos por España, los británicos son los culpables no Guatemala, Guatemala reclama la mitad de Belice porque los británicos no cumplieron con el tratado de 1858, entonces quien tiene la culpa, Guatemala ni Belice tienen la culpa, nosotros los Guatemaltecos no estamos felices con el actual situación del referéndum, Belice no esta feliz con el reclamo de Guatemala entonces debemos de encontrar una forma de resolver esto para que ambos países estén felices, Guatemala reclama la devolución de la mitad de Belice por incumplimiento británico en el tratado del 1858,

    Translated:

    You know if you don’t like it that the referendum is to the court and attack us Guatemalans, Guatemala does not have blamed for the fact that the British do not respect the limits set by Spain, the British are the culprits not Guatemala, Guatemala claims half of Belize because the British did not comply with the treaty of 1858, then who is to blame, Guatemala and Belize are to blame, we Guatemalans we are not happy with the current status of the referendum, Belize is not happy with the claim of Guatemala then we must find a way to resolve this so that both countries are happy, Guatemala claims the return of half of Belize by failure in the uk Treaty of 1858,

    Sen guate an Wilfred di few a dem fi North Korea ASAP!!!

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