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May 18, 2015

More on the Special Agreement Amendment with Foreign Minister Elrington

Wilfred Elrington

This past Sunday, the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Raul Moralez was in Belize.  The visit coincides with the signing of an amendment to the 2008 compris, which is now formally called the Special Agreement .  Both Belize and Guatemala intend to sign the amendment on Monday in Guatemala City. The amendment will allow the countries to proceed with the referendum on the ICJ whenever it is most convenient to both and not simultaneously as was first agreed when the Special Agreement was penned at the OAS headquarters in Washington.  This morning, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington said that the proposal was made formally two months ago and was further discussed by Prime Minister Barrow at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in April with the Guatemalan President. But why has the amendment become necessary; that`s the question we posed to Minister Elrington earlier today.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“It became increasingly clear to us that it would be difficult because of the difference in our electoral cycle to go simultaneously. And so that became evident quite early and certainly, it was our hope here in Belize to do it this year, but that situation has changed and the Guatemalans were insisting we do it this year but it is not convenient for us so they came up with an alternative proposal that they go first and our government didn’t have any difficulty with that. 22.39

32.15 Why are we not ready? Largely because it is the view of the present Prime Minister that it might impact the campaign for the general elections and we don’t want it to be in any way intermingled with the general elections. We want to have the general elections out of the way before we embark on any education process in any serious way to go to referendum. We want to have them separate  and apart.”

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2 Responses for “More on the Special Agreement Amendment with Foreign Minister Elrington”

  1. Ali BaBarrow says:

    I belize everything this fool says.

  2. De says:

    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!!!

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