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May 9, 2016

P.U.P. National Party Council Meets in Belize City Over the Weekend…

Still on the issue of the controversial Sarstoon Law….as we said, the People’s United Party held its first National Party Council meeting at the Belize Elementary Auditorium. The N.P.C. discussed and passed a resolution on its role in respect of the ongoing talks with Guatemala, following a request by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow last Thursday asking the P.U.P. to return to the negotiating table. The government passed the very controversial Sarstoon Law and then attended high level bi-lateral meetings with Guatemala – all without seeking input or participation from the Opposition. The NPC passed a resolution with conditions.


Henry Charles Usher

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, People’s United Party

“A very critical resolution was passed this morning. The resolution has six assets to it – first of all we condemn the Guatemalan escalation of troops at the border and we require that the Guatemalan de-escalate that immediately; two, we demand that the government of Belize rescind the unconstitutional Sarstoon Law immediately; three, we have gotten the approval of the National Party Council to reengage with the government when it comes to the national effort, but it has to be done on terms of respect, terms of one – the requirement that the law be rescinded; four that if the law is not rescinded the People’s United Party’s Party Council has resolved to travel to the Sarstoon and finally the amendment made this morning was that the Area Representatives of the People’s United Party be respected in their individual constituencies and that this system of caretakers be abolished immediately. In terms of the rescinding of the law that takes immediate effect. We are requiring or asking or demanding that the Government rescind the law immediately. There are two ways we are challenging this law. We believe that the law is unconstitutional. We are taking out a motion, a legal challenge to the law in the Courts, and also we will be travelling to the Sarstoon to state very clearly our position that the law is unconstitutional. That move to the Sarstoon will be done after consultation and after we work out all the logistics, but it will be done within the thirty day timeframe that has been set.”

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