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Dec 13, 2017

Eamon Blames ‘Politics’ for Defeat; U.D.P. Asks Who’s Really in Charge?

Eamon Courtenay

After the Senate meeting, a disappointed Eamon Courtenay lamented the chance wasted by what he called ‘petty politics.’ Meanwhile, Michael Peyrefitte expanded on the suggested ‘incompetence’ of his former House colleagues, while also clarifying remarks he made in the meeting, but what he called ‘off-record.’  During the debate he seemed to suggest sotto voce that Belize had not reached the point of political bipartisanship. But he told us that while government would set its own course on the issue, it recognized both its importance and the right of all to participate in the national discussion on Guatemala.

 

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“The House has had this matter for quite some time; it has been raised more than once in the House of Representatives that it should be done and they have done noting, so therefore we have decided to bring it here. The reason we have brought it here is to start the debate, and to point out to the National Assembly that this matter needs to be done because of the legal advice that we have received. But once again the United Democratic Party used petty politics, because it was brought by the P.U.P. and it was brought in the Senate, to vote against it. I am most disappointed that the Church, once again, seems to have found common cause with the United Democratic Party. It is interesting to me, and a matter of concern, where we have social partners and one social partner has voted every single time along with the government; that is very concerning to me.”

 

Aaron Humes

“So what happens next in relation to this matter? We didn’t get a chance to speak with the Prime Minister about it as to where the party stands there.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“I don’t know what they’re going to do. We have done what we could to get the matter dealt with as advised by international lawyers. The Government has voted against clearing up the Maritime Areas Act; they have voted against ensuring that Guatemala will never, ever, gets any part of access to our maritime areas; that is very disappointing, they are now on record as being opposed to it. The Attorney General was very clear that we had not yet reached the point where we can have bipartisan dealings on this matter; again that is a matter of great concern to me. But again, that’s where we are with the United Democratic Party, petty politics, every day.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, U.D.P. Senator

“This is a matter that’s too important, that should have been started, if the Opposition felt it was that important – Standing Order forty-eight in the House rules gives the Leader of the Opposition full authority to try and introduce that bill to the House, where it has to go back to anyway. So the P.U.P. would have to answer to the nation as to why they prefer Eamon Courtenay to start this process than Johnny Briceño to start this process. It seems to me that the P.U.P. has more trust in the competence of Eamon Courtenay than they do in Johnny Briceño; that’s how it seems to me. Because it is rather strange – not because you can do something means you do it – it is rather strange that something of this level of importance would be introduced by someone in the Senate. Secondly, Senator Courtenay made something that I made some pronouncement about not wanting any bipartisan discussion, how on earth could that ever be true? You listen to my entire speech that I gave in there, and listen to if you heard me say for the record that I don’t believe in any type of…”

 

Aaron Humes

“It was something that you said off the record, it would seem.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“Senator Woods and I were joking, simple banter; but it’s very immature of Senator Courtenay to want to try and talk of simple banter and aside and want to come and make that I have officially said that for the record; that is foolishness. Everything is bipartisan, anything that we do is bipartisan – that’s the way the Constitution designed it. UNCAC is bipartisan; everything is bipartisan, so for him to say that is very, very irresponsible. I was making a joke with Senator Woods off the record, so I don’t what points he thought he would score with that.”

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