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May 5, 2016

Senator Eamon Courtenay Responds to PM’s Plea

On the Phone: Eamon Courtenay

Late this evening, People’s United Party Senator Eamon Courtenay responded to the prime minister’s appeal for the P.U.P. to stand down from its planned journey to the Sarstoon this weekend.  The PM went a step further to urge the opposition to recommit to the diplomatic effort being made in dealing with the Belize/Guatemala issue.  News Five spoke with Courtenay by phone a few minutes earlier and he relayed the position of the party leader with respect of the PM’s urgent request.

 

On the phone: Eamon Courtenay, PUP Senator

“The People’s United Party has a national party council meeting on Saturday and the request of the Prime Minister, the appeal by the Prime Minister for the party not go to the Sarstoon and the rejoin the national effort will be discussed at the national party council meeting. The leader of the opposition has relocated his position at this time having spoken to the Prime Minister and it is as follows. Firstly that the party has always felt that there should be a national issue and not a political issue that based on the excluded from recent negotiations and discussion meetings, the party felt that it should formally say to the Belizean people that it is being excluded by the government. Now that the government appears to have changed its position the P.U.P. will certainly take a look at that and intend to rejoin or reengage with the government subject to two conditions. One being that they expect to be briefed on what happened in Washington DC so that the party can make an informed position and secondly we would need to have a clear understanding with the government that from now on the discussions, cooperation and working together will be very close, will be in rare kind and will be full and strong with the opposition. If as we expect with the government it’s going to agree that we work together closely and if openly and if we get our brief tomorrow, the party leader has said that he would recommend to the national party council that it accepts the appeal from the Prime Minister.”

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