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May 18, 2015

What Happens Should Guatemala Vote Yes to ICJ Resolution?

Wilfred Elrington

As it stands, the political situation in Guatemala remains unstable. This past Saturday, thousands protested against acts of corruption, demanding jail time for those who are guilty.  The masses are also insisting on President Otto Perez Molina’s resignation, in the wake of Vice President Roxana Baldetti’s abrupt departure a week ago. Still, elections in Guatemala are due in September with a run-off later in the year.  The Guatemalans say that to cut costs they want to include the I.C.J. issue on the ballot. So it is possible that before the end of the year, Guatemala may embark on its referendum.  The date for Belizeans to go to the polls on the matter of an I.C.J. resolution is yet to be determined.  Interestingly, Prime Minister Barrow has gone on record to state that Belize would be at an advantage should Guatemala proceed with referendum individually.  So, we asked Minister Elrington what would happen if Guatemala votes yes to take the territorial dispute to the I.C.J. and Belizeans vote no.  His response differs from that of the prime minister’s.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We don’t go. We act for people we don’t act on our own. We act for the people. If the Belizean people say we don’t go then we don’t go. There won’t be another referendum held?  I am not saying that. we have got to reach a point in my mind that we will decide that we have resolve this matter in one way or another. But the commitment is that governments have given to the people is that any method of solving this has to be put to the people by way of referendum. If the leaders decide on another means we’ll also have to come back to the people by way of referendum Belizean people must make the decision. The question is because of cost considerations because of the all the other mitigating factors in terms of doing this exercise, a second or a third time will this be on the special agreement, will this be taken to a one- time referendum whatever the result are. I’m saying it’s not my understanding that it’s not going to be a one-time thing. If we get a yes if you get a yes vote on both sides, then it’s going to be a one- time thing, clearly. But if you don’t get a yes vote certainly in the case of Belize, whatever decision we take as a government in relation as to how solve it; even outside of the special agreement, we are bound to the people by giving them the final say by way of referendum.”

 

So as we said, a delegation headed by Minister Elrington will travel to Guatemala to pen the change to the 2008 Special Agreement.

 

 

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3 Responses for “What Happens Should Guatemala Vote Yes to ICJ Resolution?”

  1. Rod says:

    This big thief is a big traitor to his country also what a worthless gov we have damm.

  2. De says:

    Wilfred Elrington is being paid to sell out the country; Wilfred Elrington is being paid to sell out the country; Wilfred Elrington is being paid to sell out the country; Wilfred Elrington is being paid to sell out the country; Wilfred Elrington is being paid to sell out the god damned country!!!
    And Dean Barrow will say nothing because he is getting his cut.
    When will the people of Belize wake the hell up and understand what’s going on?!! When Guatemala cut the country in half and stuff all of you in Orange Walk and Corozal? Or when you all wake Guatemalans one day?
    Belize is Belize! From the Rio Hondo to the Starstoon and Guatemala needs to understand and accept that fact!
    There should be no negotiating with Terrorist!!!There should be no negotiating with Terrorist!!!There should be no negotiating with Terrorist!!!There should be no negotiating with Terrorist!!!There should be no negotiating with Terrorist!!!There should be no negotiating with Terrorist!!!
    Guatemala needs to understand that Belizeans will not continue to be Terrorized by them!!!
    This is terrorism what the Guatemalans are doing and the UDP condones it!!!

  3. CEO says:

    This is a waste of time and money because Belizeans will and should never vote for a referendum. Why the heck should be vote for someone else to decide our future which has been established over past generations. The people who would be deciding our faith has no vested interest in Belize and really do not care how this go.

    Guatemala does not need a referendum to do the right thing. If they really wanted to do the right thing just leave Belize alone; simple!

    No referendum and vote will settle this only thing that will settle this is if Guatemala does the right thing and leave us alone.

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