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Apr 19, 2018

John Briceño Says I.C.J., Maybe?

John Briceño

The People’s United Party is yet to take a definitive position on the referendum issue and whether the territorial claim Guatemala has had over Belize should be taken to the ICJ for resolution.  While he stopped short of speaking on behalf of the party, Briceño offered his personal view as he did last week in this newscast. He reiterated what has been said by other government officials that the ICJ is the only course that can be taken to bring finality to the unfounded claim.

 

John Briceño, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“What has happened is that we have been led by rhetoric, we have been led by emotions and not by facts and I believe that once we can present the facts as they are, as for the advantages of going or the advantages of not going then we have to trust the will of the Belizean people.  We have to trust the intelligence of the Belizean people that they jointly are going to make the right decision.”

 

Reporter

“Have you personally, have you been advised by the party’s intelligentsia about the facts of the case and if yes, have you personally come to a conclusion, is it beneficial or not to go to the ICJ?”

 

John Briceño

“There is a problem that is very difficult to separate myself as a citizen and as a leader of the party and that is why I try not to make definitive pronouncements because I do have a personal view and my personal view is that sooner or later we will have to get to the ICJ.  Maybe not now or next year, or five years, but sooner or later we will, because there is no other alternative.”

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