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May 14, 2012

The education process to ICJ Referendum

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington

At the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington, delegations from Belize and Guatemala agreed to hold simultaneous referenda on October sixth, 2013. The citizens of both countries will decide if forwarding the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will be the final measure to resolve the issue. But it will be a tough sell for the two governments to convince their people that it is the right move. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, it is the job of his ministry to inform citizens on the benefits of choosing the ICJ route.

 

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We have got to generate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a roadmap which is going to spell out exactly what we will do between now and the time of the referendum to generate the funds that we would need to carry on the education process and to formulate the manner in which we are going to do the education process.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“It is my understanding then that all previous governments have felt that this is a necessary step—going to the ICJ. Is there any confidence that the people will also have the same viewpoint when it reaches the referendum date?”

 

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington

“That is the reason why we are embarking on the education process. We are hoping in that way we are going to get people to make up their minds to vote in favor of the process.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“For people, maybe for even like me would say, you know what I don’t want to give up not even an inch, a foot. We can say that but realistically, what other option is there without the ICJ?”

 

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington

“I think the basic premise for a lot of people is that we have to give up something. I don’t know where they got that from. We are certainly not going and thinking that we have to give up anything. We don’t feel that it is necessary for us to give up anything. We are going on the basis that we think that we have a complete and total entitlement and right to this property which we have acquired and have been occupying over all these years. All we want to do is to try to get an end to the Guatemalan claim and this seems to be the only route that will satisfy them in relation to the matter. But the suggestion or thought that we are contemplating that we will have to give up something is an alien one; certainly not one that I am contemplating.”

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7 Responses for “The education process to ICJ Referendum”

  1. J.B says:

    Belizeans SAY NO to ICJ!!! Elrington and most of the other politricians (politicians) and liars (attorneys) are rich multimillionaires, they can move out of Belize/Guatemala, the want to make a new country Beli-Guat, they stand to make many millions more from supporting the stupid idea of going to ICJ.
    Let me put it this simple to you, you bought a car, paid cash your neighbor is claiming that the person you bought car from had promised the car to his father his father didn’t take the car but now he wants your car, the transport department and the police, the judicial system recognizes you as the rightful owner…every time you drive your car he says that is my car…he can say that’s my car for all eternity, but who the hell is driving the car? Now if you choose to go to court, the table can swing in any direction!!! he might BRIBE the judge, he may have more connections and money than you and he may walk out of court with a legitimate claim to your vehicle, which you may be obligated by modern law to honor!! You have nothing to win on the other hand the court may tell you something you already know the car belongs to you, and your neighbor may still say that the car belong to him whenever you drive by.

  2. blackberry says:

    While Belize is dormant in public relations on the referendum, Guatemalan radio is telling it`s listeners Guatemala has nothing to lose as they will get some of Belize`s cays and territorial waters. Note Belize ,that that territorial water is in the gulf of Amatique which is believe to be rich in oil deposit. By extinction if Guatemala drills for oil and there is an oil spill it is most likely Belize`s Barrier reef will be severely affected.

  3. Lucas says:

    “I think the basic premise for a lot of people is that we have to give up something. I do not know where they got that from” ( Sedi Elrington, channel 5, may 14, 2012). Where we get if from?. ” I CONCEDE AS A LAWYER THAT THERE IS ALWAYS A THING CALLED: LITIGATION RISK…. AS I HAVE SAID, WHEN YOU GO TO COURT THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE THAT YOU DO NOT GET ALL THAT YOU WANT”.(Dean Barrow, channel 5 and 7, oct. 15, 2008). Yes Sedi; we get it from your own PM. What is that risk?. As a Belizean, I want to know. Please come clean.

  4. J.B says:

    Belizeans, why go to ICJ?! Belize gains it’s independence from Great Britain on September 21st 1981; we are a recognized Independent state. Recognized by UNITED NATIONS and Many other countries that does not belong to the UN!
    We have absolutely nothing to gain by taking this to ICJ; on the other hand Guatemala have everything to gain!
    Please say no to ICJ!!!!
    J B (Zingo)

  5. melinda bejerano says:

    zingo lingo, let us at least listen to the man, no? Mein you guys are such prudes. Memba what musa said? Give peace a chance!!!

  6. rebel says:

    Hello no!! No ICJ. Over my dead body! And Minister Artificial… please get it right. We don’t “think” we have a complete and total entitlement and right over Belize…we damn KNOW!! No ICJ!

  7. islander says:

    In simple terms if we go the the ICJ and Guatemala Loses nothing happens, Guatemala’s size and Belize’s size stay the same…,.

    Now if BELIZE loses, then half of the country goes to Guatemala.

    I keep saying it, we Belizean’s need to be like the Israeli’s, wear your cojones with pride, train hard and be prepared to defend your country to the last bullet.

    Negotiation is obviously not working, just costing us tons of taxpayers dollars. We simply need to be like Israel and tell them to !@##$ off because we will engage them if provoked…

    OF COURSE ISRAEL HAS THAT LITTLE THING CALLED A NUKE OR TWO. :)

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