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Dec 14, 2018

PM Barrow Says Stop the Fearmongering

On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington suggested that if Belizeans vote “NO” in the April tenth, 2019 referendum, it could lead to an invasion by Guatemala.  It’s the second time he has made such an assertion.  News Five asked PM Barrow about Elrington’s comments.  He did not agree with the sentiments of his foreign minister saying no one should resort to any kind of fearmongering.

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir, do you agree with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his opinion that if Belizeans vote no come April tenth, that there might be a Guatemalan invasion?”

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I don’t, I’ve heard that there is talk about something the Minister said. I didn’t hear it and I certainly don’t want to comment on what the Minister may have said, may not have said. What I will tell you is this, you know that I feel very strongly about the yes vote but there is no way that anybody should resort to any kind of fear mongering. I don’t think it is justified and in any case it will back fire. I think Belizeans have the kind of backbone where you tell them that ‘you need to do this or else’, they will say ‘oh yea we absolutely will not do it so you bring on your or else’. Both as a matter of my conviction and for what I think are sound, strategic and policy reasons I would advise everybody else who like me wishes a yes vote to be very careful in terms of the way you go about trying to procure that yes vote. There will be, as I said, consequence that we have to get around but it is not correct for anybody to suggest that a no result with be apocalyptic in terms of Belize’s diplomatic survival. We are resilient people.”

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