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Jan 8, 2018

After Jerusalem Vote, P.M., F.M. Offer Counter to U.S.

Dean Barrow

The spectre of loss in aid from the United States hangs over Belize and other countries, one hundred and twenty-eight in total, who voted in favour of a United Nations resolution in December. This resolution opposed the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv, the national capital, to Jerusalem, the historic and spiritual capital claimed by three separate religions and two peoples. The U.S., in response, pushed through a cut in its contribution to the U.N.’s budget. It has implications for Belize’s security apparatus, but both Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington hope and believe Belize will not be punished for voting its conscience.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I hope that the retribution, the consequence is, as had already been signaled, a lessening of the U.S.’s contribution to the U.N., to the institution. I think in terms of their contributions to Belize, they are in the main in relation to security, a matter in which they have almost as much of a vested interest as we do. So I hope that sort of thing won’t suffer. Again, I should add that we tried to make plain that for us, it wasn’t a matter of trying to tweak the tail of the elephant, or anything of the sort. We noh mi di try play bad-man. It really was a vote rooted in the history of the resolutions at the U.N., and in what we feel was the correct position to adopt. We completely respect the U.S.’s determination to go otherwise, and we had thought that it wouldn’t be too much to ask them to respect ours, but there it is.”

 

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Like a good Christian – you are a good Christian and the rest of you, and I would like to think I am a good Christian too, and I believe that man shall not live by bread alone, and so we’ll survive.”

 

Guatemala along with Honduras voted against the resolution; President Jimmy Morales subsequently ordered plans to move its embassy in the country in the near future.

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1 Response for “After Jerusalem Vote, P.M., F.M. Offer Counter to U.S.”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    Barrow is $h!tting his pants now.

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