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Jan 9, 2019

Lisa Shoman: “The current Foreign Minister is not the issue”

Lisa Shoman

Attorney Lisa Shoman was Foreign Affairs Minister between June 2007 and the 2008 general elections.  While today she signed the declaration, back in April 2018, Shoman, who made her thoughts known through her Facebook profile, posted a status in which she expressed her disagreement on holding any referendum on going to the I.C.J. until certain conditions are met. Before holding a referendum, Shoman said that there must be a proper Sarstoon Protocol in place; that there is a united and non-partisan approach to any process having to do with the unfounded Guatemalan claim and until there is a Foreign Minister and government that understands and insists that Belize has internationally recognized borders. So what has changed between April of last year to today? That’s what Shoman was asked.

 

Lisa Shoman, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

“What has changed is that clearly my opinion rightly or wrongly, notwithstanding we are going with a referendum and when you are faced with something that is a certainty, you then have to access how it is that you will face that certainty. So my opinion, notwithstanding, the government has gone ahead set a referendum date and it will be held. My position on the ICJ has never change. It has been consistent that I thought and I still think that going to the ICJ is the best mechanism available to us to settle this dispute. It is a person who is foolish indeed when faced with a pragmatic situation that you don’t evaluate and access where you are and make decision. Nothing in what I have declared today, as part of this group, s controversial, antithetical to anything I have said before. The current Foreign Minister is not the issue. The issue is we are going to a referendum, what is it that I belief, what is it that I stand for and what is it that I think is the most important consideration for me on the way ahead.”

 

Reporter

“Then there is the matter of the referendum campaign which you said should have been non bias and that has been a criticism of some people in some quarters that that has not been happening.”

 

Lisa Shoman

“Well I am happy to say that the ‘no’ proponents have been active, have been out there and I think the media has been generous in giving coverage. That is very good thing. I am happy to see that my concerns have been answered.”

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