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Apr 9, 2018

I.C.J. Vs U.H.S.

Wilfred Elrington

The Government and the Belize Bank Limited continue to await the highly anticipated Caribbean Court of Justice decision on whether the former must be forced to pay the latter thirty-six million Belize dollars in loan debt, plus interest, originally granted to Universal Health Services and guaranteed by a former Government. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte told us last week that it will wait to see what the court does before returning to Parliament to settle the issue. But a majority of parliamentarians in the governing United Democratic Party oppose any payment. Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington drew an unusual parallel between a potential I.C.J. case and the U.H.S. case, saying of the latter that disagree with it though we might, it is still a binding decision – and so would be the I.C.J.’s.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“My understanding is that the I.C.J. are going to tell us what our rights are – we may not agree with it. For example, we have a decision from the C.C.J. which speaks to us having to pay ninety million dollars to Mister [Ashcroft] and the “Ashcroft Alliance.” That is a decision that a lot of us don’t agree with; we don’t agree with it, but that is a decision of the court, that is what the court says is just. So there are those of us who believe that it is fine and good, and there are those of us who don’t believe it is fine and good, but that is the decision of the court, and that is how democratic, civilized countries conduct their business.”

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