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Oct 5, 2015

COLA Takes Aim at Elrington…AGAIN

Wilfred Elrington

Since delivering a lengthy address before the UN General Assembly on Friday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has been raked over the coals for failing to properly address the Belize-Guatemala dispute.  For many, including the opposition and COLA, it was a final opportunity before the elections for the often criticized minister to come correct on the controversial issue.  Instead, Elrington’s statement on other issues such as climate change flew wide of what could have been a moving account of all that has transpired between the two countries since the beginning of the year.  Needless to say, COLA President Giovanni Brackett has come out swinging once again and he is taking aim at the embattled politician.

 

Giovanni Brackett

Giovanni Brackett, President, COLA

“I think it’s best described that the foreign minister had one last chance to be a credible witness in a forum, in an international forum to give an account of the atrocities that have been occurring on Belizean soil by a country that doesn’t recognize us.  By the Guatemalans.  That is the best way I can put it, like we were in a court setting and the jury was there, the judge was there.  The only person who wasn’t there, even though he was there in body but wasn’t there in sound mind was the credible witness who we have sent which is the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sedi Elrington.  The minister had, well he’s not a minister again but Mr. Elrington had an opportunity to adequately identify the points of concern for the Belizean public at the United Nations, the biggest stage you could have nationalized this issue.  Other countries were there and despite the topic of the day they went in detail, like Guyana, in addressing their territorial dispute.  However, from close to a twenty minute speech, only about a minute and nine seconds was given on the most important issue that this country, our country Belize is currently facing and in that statement the Foreign Affairs Minister went on to say basically yhat we have already committed to the process to go to the ICJ, skipping the referendum.  It’s not the first time he has spoken out of tune, it’s not the second.  This minister or this Mr. Elrington, former minister, is insisting on giving away Belize, insisting on disrespecting Belize and the stamp of approval by the prime minister is written all over this because the prime minister had an opportunity over the last, close to eight years, to remove this man, in our, COLA’s, words, a traitor, someone without backbone, to remove him from the position of foreign affairs minister.  Yet the prime minister refuses to do so and to keep him because we have an arrogant government who insists that they don’t care if we’re selling out the country, they don’t care about the many illegal incursions that the Guatemalans do every single day.”

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