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Nov 7, 2017

Opposition Senator Chastises Minimal Response

Eamon Courtenay

Similar to Elrington, we posed the question of what can be done to counter the offensive Guatemalan map which affixes Belize as part of its territory to Senator Eamon Courtenay. The former Foreign Affairs Minister first questioned what the Government’s position was, and upon being told there was apparently none, incredulously issued out a laundry list of actions the Government should and could take to address the situation.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Former Foreign Minister

“How can the Foreign Minister, being presented with that question, not say what he is going to do? One, why hasn’t a diplomatic protest been sent? Two, why haven’t we engaged the O.A.S., which has superintendency over this process and saying that is an act of bad faith? Three, why haven’t the Government of Belize come out immediately with a press statement condemning it to Guatemala and saying that it is just wrong? Why have we not galvanized our supporters on the international stage and said, this is going in the wrong direction? And I guarantee you that if Guatemala publishes a map like that, the Belizean people are going to reject any referendum held here and rightly so! But what has the Foreign minister said? Absolutely nothing!”

 

Aaron Humes

“I think his phrasing was, it’s always been the case, and indeed it confirms that Guatemala wanted all of Belize all along, instead of the part south of the Sibun that they have traditionally claimed.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“All I will say is we need a Foreign minister who is going to aggressively, consistently, defend Belize’s position and advance what is in our interest, and stop acquiescing [to] and accepting things that Guatemala does.”

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