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May 5, 2016

PM Ask Opposition to Re-engage

Since we were obviously going to get nowhere on the meetings in Washington, News Five asked about a timeline heading forward, particularly where the Opposition is concerned. Talks of a bi-partisan approach to the Belize/Guatemala issue have seemingly broken down after the Opposition’s representative was not asked to accompany the Belizean delegation on these particularly sensitive meetings in Washington. But today the PM played an uncharacteristically humble role, asking the P.U.P. to let bygones be bygones and come back to the table.

 

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

Dean Barrow

“With respect to the Opposition sir again we use the occasion of the Press Conference to make the appeal to them, to rejoin the diplomatic effort that Belize has launched. Now, on Monday o think after we concluded that press conference I had occasion for the first time had the opportunity to get a sense of what the opposition was saying, the reasons they were giving for their declaration that they considered the bipartisan or national unity approach to be at an end. They thought that the government had, as it were effectively repudiated the way we had been going. You had asked me a question on Monday as to why the opposition wasn’t present in Washington and I had said to you what went on. I will not hesitate to say that I certainly regretted the fact that the opposition felt that they were hard done by and used that as a base for saying they were disengaging. This situation was and remains so very fluid and I tried to explain the circumstance in which in my view we did it have an opportunity to get them involved but perhaps we might have tried to move heaven and earth to take them on that particular mission to Washington. So let me say again, I regret that it didn’t happen and I made clear that there was no intention to spite the opposition. We are very much aware of the value of a united approach on this issue. So let me say again, appeal again to the opposition to have us move on, draw a line under the recent pass and collaborate in the interest of the nation with respect to this fundamentally important effort in terms of Belize’s diplomacy generally but in particular regarding the Sarstoon.”

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