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May 9, 2016

N.P.C. Demands Rescission of Contentious Sarstoon Law

Henry Charles Usher

In his press conference last week Prime Minister Dean Barrow claimed that if the P.U.P. goes to the Sarstoon it could undermine all the progress that has been made in talks with Guatemala. We’re not sure what real progress has actually been made, since none is visible and the government hasn’t provided details of any. Still, the P.U.P. took the warning under advisement and presented it to the Party Council, with the result that the P.U.P. will not stand down unless G.O.B. plays fair and comes clean.

 

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, People’s United Party

“I believe that if the government and the Prime Minister came to the public and said that escalations have eased, that the threat has been eased, then why the need for the law? Why the need to have a law restricting Belizeans? Why the need to have a law that punishes Belizeans to travel to a certain part of the country. We believe that the law is not only unconstitutional, but it is unwarranted, it is unnecessary in light of the negotiations happening. I think that it’s always a concern when we go out on any mission or any march…it’s always a concern in terms of the safety of the people we will ensure that is taken care of and we believe that as a Party and as a National Party Council that Belizeans have the right to travel peacefully in that area of Belize. I believe the Party Leader Hon. John Briceño has gone above and beyond his duty in terms of reaching out, in terms of working with the Prime Minister and working with the Foreign Minister and as a Party we have always believed that this issue, the Belize/Guatemala issue is a national issue and transcends Party politics, but at the same time there are certain elements within that issue that we have to demand not happen unilaterally. The government of Belize under Dean Barrow passed a law unilaterally. They did not consult us, and we believe that law is unconstitutional. They had meetings at Caricom, they had meetings in Washington and they gave very lame excuses as to why the Opposition was not invited to those meetings. If you want meaningful partnerships, if you want a respectful partnership, then you have to treat us with respect and you have to listen to what we’re saying as well.”

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2 Responses for “N.P.C. Demands Rescission of Contentious Sarstoon Law”

  1. MNHG says:

    BRAVO !!!THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT !!!
    COME CLEAN BARROW, WHAT THE “F” YOU AND GUATEMALA ARE HIDING FROM THE BELIZEANS ?
    COME CLEAN AND CLEAR, WE ARE THE ONES WHO VOTED FOR YOU, WE DEMAND THAT YOU STOP BEING AN ASS !!!

  2. carlos says:

    They said that Price was selling Belize to Guatemala Years ago. Now it seems that this government is the one selling use to the Guatemalan. What are they offering to Guatemala? We want to know now.

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