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Sep 30, 2010

Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington speaks at the UN

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Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington was the first speaker this morning at the United Nations General Assembly. The GA, in its sixty-fifth year, is one of most anticipated and significant events in the calendar of the UN; statements are normally delivered by the highest authorities, heads of state, governments or foreign ministers on both domestic and international issues; who also use the occasion in New York to hobnob for bilateral issues.  It is an auspicious occasion where for as long as we can remember, the Belize statement has included reference to the number one foreign policy issue: finding a solution to the Guatemalan dispute. We don’t know if it has to do anything with artificial borders, but we went through Elrington’s statement this morning with a fine tooth comb and alas, there was no reference to the claim by Guatemala even though there have been developments at the Guatemalan congress on the matter of a referendum. Interestingly, when we checked on the statement of the Guatemalan Permanent Representative Gert Rosenthal we did find that the Guatemalans found it important to include the issue in their statement. Rosenthal via an interpreter said:

Gert Rosenthal, Former Foreign Minister, Guatemala

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“We have taken a major step forward in turning to International Court of Justice together with Belize in order to search a legal solution to the age old territorial dispute between our countries. This step will consist of the adoption via congress of the special agreement signed with Belize in December of 2008 and which clears the path for a popular referendum as stipulated in the agreement. We hope that the Belizean parliament will also authorize as soon as possible the referendum to be held simultaneously in both countries as the final step that will allow both parties to appear before the court.”

But back to Elrington’s speech, we were also struck that there was no reference to the global concern over climate change, there was fleeting mention of the financial crisis, and nothing about world trade or peace. He did, however, speak of the crushing debt burden and of the need for a shift in cooperation modalities to one of partnerships and not charity.  The audio of the Foreign Minister’s speech is not yet posted on the UN website but an excerpt says that debt service obligations constrain government’s capacity to increase investments. And according to the Minister, Belize finds itself off track in meeting Millennium Development Goals for poverty, hunger, education and the empowerment of women.

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1 Response for “Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington speaks at the UN”

  1. Prophet Jorge Ernesto Babb says:

    Matthew 24-25:46 (New International Version, ©2010)

    Matthew 24
    The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
    1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
    3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

    9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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