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Feb 15, 2018

P.U.P. Recalls Stuart Leslie from Referendum; Alexis Rosado Still in Charge

Stuart Leslie

While there is a new Guatemalan ambassador, another is departing the Belize Foreign Ministry. Today, Elrington confirmed that Ambassador Stuart Leslie is no longer a part of the Referendum Unit of the Ministry and has opted to move on to do political work with the Leader of the Opposition. The unit has focused on the education campaign on taking the claim to the International Court of Justice.  Elrington told the media Leslie’s replacement is being sought and the education campaign will intensify.

 

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Stuart had come to me maybe three weeks to a month ago saying that he was being pressured by people in his own party to as it were disengage. There were people in his party who felt that he was not conveying the best message to be seen to be so closely associated with us and also simultaneously to be so closely associated with the Leader of the Opposition. So he had to make a decision as to what he would do—either stay with us or go with the Leader of the Opposition. You know Stuart is first and foremost a general of the People’s United Party; we knew that all the time, but the Prime Minister and myself have very great regard for him and his competence and his ability and because we saw it as a national issue, we had no difficulty with him working. As a matter of fact, we are very pleased to have him work with us on the matter, but he got pressured from his own party people so there is nothing that we can do about it. We are very sorry to see him go because he is such a competent person; such an honest person. You don’t often find people who are honest and competent and really nationalistic. I think Stuart is one of them, but he is also passionately in love with his party and his party leader so he made that choice.”

 

Reporter

“Will the effort lose that momentum, the education effort?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“Actually, rather than losing the momentum, the momentum is really being strengthened. We have presently in country, as we speak, Ambassador Alexis Rosado, who was the man in charge. We had agreed internally that Alexis would be overall in charge so that Alexis was over Stuart. Stuart was only a part of the process.”

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