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Aug 14, 2015

Bishop Wright Weighs-In On Belize/Guatemala Dispute

The usually reserved Roman Catholic Bishop also chose to speak on the Guatemalan claim on Belize which is obviously close to his heart. He told media personnel that as far as he is concerned, the ICJ may not be the way to go and Guatemala should really just leave Belize alone. He spoke in the context of the sudden outcry by officials on the area of the Sarstoon. That southernmost feature is mentioned prominently in our National Anthem, but suddenly…it’s an area under dispute and, at least according to the government, Belizeans should keep away.

 

Most Rev. Dorick Wright, Roman Catholic Bishop

“I don’t think that they have a right to take control of it. If it is our country we should be left with that and so I cannot support them with that. It is a shame that this has to happen. From I was small I have been hearing about the Guatemalan claim. I don’t know if it was ever down to land before, but they were claiming. It’s something I think they enjoy hanging over our heads. I don’t care for it. It is something that is going to hurt us in the end.”

 

Reporter

“Sir may I ask about your opinion on going to the ICJ?”

 

Dorick Wright

Most Rev. Dorick Wright

“I’ve heard so many things about the ICJ I’m not certain I know which. I’ve heard some say if we go we will lose. Some say if we go we will win. Some say we shouldn’t go because they have no right to make decisions for us. Others say that decision has been made already. So if all that is true, then I don’t think we should go. If that decision was made at Independence, maybe we should not go, but I leave it up to the government and hope that in their prudence they will make the right decision. But I really would not like them to just run into this. Listen to everybody and see what can be a sensible decision that can be made.”

 

Reporter

“Would the Church be willing to take a more active role as we go closer to a referendum and closer to the possibility of going to the ICJ?”

 

Most Rev. Dorick Wright

“I imagine most of us Roman Catholics in Belize are Belizeans and I suspect that somewhere along the line it will be asked of us to make a statement or show our support. I support in a quiet way the move for them to leave us alone. Let us flourish as a country. Ask God to prosper the work of our hands in this country, but please leave us alone.”

 

Reporter

“What is your opinion of those who are going on the trip?”

 

Most Rev. Dorick Wright

“I think it’s good for them to make it known to our neighbours that this is our country and we have a right to be there. But then I ask also to be careful. Let us pray that nobody is hurt. Let us pray that nobody does something wrong that will trigger anything that would not be very sensible and responsible.”

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1 Response for “Bishop Wright Weighs-In On Belize/Guatemala Dispute”

  1. Timber says:

    I’ve said it before and wish you could read this, Honorable Bishop. You’ve known me from a young boy through my mother who you worked with for many years. I’ve blogged about this claim and have unequivocally stated, we have already lost those islands and cayes to Guatemala. UDP just hasn’t broken the news to the Belizean public and that’s why Elrington always plays the cowardice role. I have from inside sources that during these negotiations, we were up against lawyers from Guatemala who spoke better English and knew our laws better than we do. I wish I could find a blog I did about two to three months ago when I stated that Fr. Murphy had left the negotiating team. He had a reason. Notice, the UDP talks so much about the PUP but the ones that they called on and hired to deal with Guatemala were mostly PUP because their flock is too illiterate to represent Belize anywhere. We have lost that land already but UDP will ride this lie until general elections and if they lose, I guarantee you when this Guatemalan issue comes up under the PUP regime, they will then claim it was because of PUP we lost the land. We have already lost the battle at ICJ so it’s no use going there. Israel nor US didn’t support us and England doesn’t give two cahoots because Belize is of no economic nor strategic importance to them, i.e., Belize is no Faulkland Islands. What we should do though, is call America’s bluff. They need us more than we need them. Start straying towards Cuba and let’s see what happens. As much as they stated relationships between them and Cuba are better, Fidel Castro doesn’t feel the same way. Read or listen to his scathing remarks last week. Anytime we start swaying towards Cuba, Uncle Sam will open his eyes. Speaking of Cuba; do you think that the cancellation of Carnival Cruise’s and the other cruise lines trips for next year was a coincidence? No! Cuba is a more attractive and lucrative bid. There are no tickets through the end of this year, well into January of next year to fly into Cuba. They are more equipped and the attractions are there. Now, you bunch of Ginny’s who continue to PetroCaribe Roll, let’s see what we’re going to do after we’ve strayed from agriculture to having an economy seventy percent dependent upon tourism. Other islands in the Caribbean are going to suffer also. None of those jackasses from UDP can really explain PetroCaribe and it’s purpose nor it’s terms and I’ve said before, it will be worst than the PUP Superbond if they don’t do something real fast. I digress.

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