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May 4, 2016

The P.U.P. Rejects Law Prohibiting Movement of Belizeans in the Sarstoon

John Briceño

The P.U.P.’s position on the recently enacted SI is fairly simple.  From the onset, the party has flatly rejected and continues to criticize the knee-jerk piece of law, banning local travel to the Sarstoon.  In fact, the Opposition is challenging the legality of the Sarstoon Law and wants it rescinded. On Tuesday, former P.U.P. Leader and Prime Minister Said Musa, says the party is taking a firm stance to safeguard the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize. Party leader John Briceño says that the P.U.P. has always defended Belize.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“I don’t think there’s anything radical by standing up to defend the territorial integrity of your country.  That has always been our stand from the time that George Price started the People’s United Party, we’ve always said that we are going to defend every single, square centimeter of this country and that is what we’re doing.  I believe that even if the government would say, “well you know this is only a temporary suspension for thirty days”, we still believe that precedence is already being set.  And what if in thirty days they don’t accomplish what they want to do, is the government prepared to extend it further?  Another thirty days and then another thirty days and then another thirty days?  We believe that we should not yield on this matter and that the Guatemalans should understand that we believe, and the evidence is there, that the Sarstoon is divided in half for Belize and half for Guatemala and that we are always going to stand up for that.  There’s nothing radical.  But maybe I could ask the former prime minister who has worked on this for about forty years.  Sorry, but maybe he can elaborate some more on the work that they did with George Price and even now when he was prime minister, you know.”

 

Said Musa

Said Musa, Former P.U.P. Leader

“Well I think the point to be made in all this is that for the first time we have Guatemala asserting sovereignty over a part of Belize.  Never before in history.  They’ve made claims, they claimed the whole country at one stage then claimed from the Sibun [to the] south, but never before until now have they actually asserted sovereignty, in other words, violating our territorial integrity.  It’s a very serious matter and that is why we have to take a very firm stand.  You call it radical, I prefer to call it firm; standing up for our rights as a sovereign, independent, democratic nation.”

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