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Aug 22, 2017

P.U.P.’s Valerie Woods stands with Lisa Shoman on ‘borders’ complaint

Valerie Woods

P.U.P. Senator Valerie Woods, having heard the prime minister’s response to former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman’s open letter on Thursday, is also weighing in on the comment made by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington.  While responding to questions asked by the media last Wednesday, the chief diplomat reiterated that Belize’s borders are not internationally recognized and therefore it should proceed to the International Court of Justice to avoid trouble.  That reply led to Shoman’s call for PM Barrow to publicly denounce the foreign minister’s statement.  While the prime minister is yet to decry those comments, Woods has written a letter of her own condemning the actions of PM Barrow for not addressing the matter directly.  This afternoon, News Five caught up with Senator Woods, who says that Elrington’s comment has struck a nerve with most Belizeans.

 

Valerie Woods, Opposition Senator

“This one particularly hit’s a nerve because he comes out particularly stating that, the foreign minister stating that Belize’s borders are not internationally recognized and therefore that’s the reason why the government needs to go to the ICJ.  That’s erroneous, that’s false, it’s wrong and it needs to be denounced, rejected outright.  I took issue with the fact that the prime minister of the country, instead of addressing the issue when asked by the media, as in his usual style, does not and instead went after the messenger, in this case Lisa Shoman, trying to divert attention regarding some matter with Ms. Shoman and her arrangements, I gather, with IDB.  That’s a matter for Ms. Shoman.  Ms. Shoman is very well aware of what she was doing when she made her, when she authored her open letter and sent it, and I commend her for speaking out.  I commend all Belizeans who will speak out and continue to denounce such ridiculous and outlandish remarks, even if it comes out of the mouth of the foreign minister.  We don’t know yet what the prime minister is agreeing to or not, because he has not stated if he agrees with those statements by his foreign minister, nor has any of his cabinet ministers, or if the foreign minister misspoke, or to put some clarity on the matter.  Why should it be of an issue, Isani, to all Belizeans, regardless of which political party you support, because when it comes to the national security, when it comes to the integrity of our country’s borders and when it comes to stating to the world that you have borders and that they are internationally recognized, this is no longer a PUP, UDP, BTV, PNP, BPP or any other political issue.  It’s a national issue and it’s probably one of the issues that is most sensitive to Belizeans.  You don’t play around with our borders, man!”

 

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