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Sep 7, 2016

P.U.P. not yet ready to return to bipartisan handling of Guatemalan claim

John Briceno

Briceño says the P.U.P. can contribute to the discussion on Guatemala, but the government must come to them in seriousness. He also addressed the question on whether Guatemala would grant an apology, however grudging, for their slurs on the Belize Defence Force and generally on Belize.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“We have the people with expertise, the people with the experience, the people that have the negotiating skills that can sit around the table and negotiate with Guatemala and defend our position, and we are prepared to do that; but for us to do that, the Government has to get serious, and they have to make certain changes in the way that we do business with Guatemala.”

 

Aaron Humes

“Should we expect an apology from the Guatemalans, given their position?”

 

John Briceño

“I think it is the decent thing to do. I think that the President should apologize; he has insulted not only The B.D.F., but he has even insulted the people of this country. And the same thing goes for the Foreign Minister of Guatemala; they owe an apology to Belizeans, and that is the decent thing to do.”

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