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Jan 8, 2018

U.K. Attorneys Counsel Gov’t Not to Amend Maritime Areas Act

Wilfred Elrington

Back in December former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay demanded that current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington clashed over the Maritime Areas Act. Courtenay asked Elrington to reveal which legal advisors he and the government have been consulting in the U.K. who suggest that the Act should not be repealed right away, lest it offend Guatemala. Elrington would not elaborate when we asked him about it on Friday, but he did say that there had been further meetings which confirmed the government’s position.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Over the last two or three weeks, we met with our legal advisors in the United Kingdom – myself, Alexis Rosado and C.E.O. Pat Andrews. We had a discussion, we were coming back from Brussels; we had to go there for an ACP meeting and that issue was raised. The advice we got from our legal advisors was consistent with  the counsel which we had formed here in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; counsel which was taken by the Cabinet in conjunction with us at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. So the view which we formed as a Cabinet and Ministry of Foreign Affairs is consistent with the view that we have received from our legal advisors.”

 

In December, the Senate declined to hear a motion which would have introduced amendments to the Act. 

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