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Apr 10, 2013

A P.U.P. government would ban Guatemalan with offensive passport

Dolores Balderamos Garcia

The People’s United Party and its membership have been engaging in a series of consultations formulating a position on whether or not Belize should take its case to the International Court of Justice. While those consultations continue, they have rejected Guatemala’s proposals to amend the Referendum Act. The P.U.P. has taken a bold stance on Guatemala’s recent decision to include in the passport, Belize as part of its territory with a dotted line between the two countries. According to Dolores Balderamos Garcia, P.U.P.’s Deputy Party Leader and Representative for Belize Rural Central, if the P.U.P. was in power, it would ban any Guatemalan that carried the offensive travel document.

 

Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Deputy Leader of Opposition

“On the twenty-fifth of March, the P.U.P. put out a statement; as a matter of fact, we were the first to put out a statement very strongly saying that we reject the proposals of Guatemala to postpone the referendum date also that they are asking that we change our referendum law in terms of the outcome, the turnout required. And of course the very ludicrous suggestion that Belize should go forward with a unilateral referendum, even though the special agreement back in 2008 said that we should go to joint referenda. So I want to set the context first that that is what we came out with on the twenty-fifth of March. But yesterday, our national executive met at Independence Hall and we unanimously agreed that we should refine that position and perhaps make it firmer by also adding that our party feels very strongly that should Guatemala put out a passport which in anyway shows Belize as a part of Guatemala or dotted line or any such thing; that a P.U.P. government—and this is our party position—that a P.U.P. government will refuse entry, we will deny entry into our country to anyone holding that sort of passport showing Belize as a part of Guatemala or creating a question. And we also want to say that we would call on the government of the day to do the same because we feel that this is an important issue of Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have gone further to say that should Guatemala persists in issuing such a passport—we very much hope that they would not—because if they do so, we would consider it be a very retrogressive step. Instead of going forward with this issue; that they would be stepping hugely backward. And should they persist in doing so, we believe that Belize should take the position of boycotting the meeting of the Organization of American States slated to be held in Guatemala later this year. We believe that defending our independence and sovereignty and territorial integrity is extremely important at this point because our party has taken the position—our party leader actually said—that at this point, we have to question Guatemala’s good faith because you know what the developments are and have been. Belize has participated in the best of faith at all times to try to put this unfounded claim by Guatemala behind us. And here we are in 2013, five years after the signing of the special agreement and it seems that Guatemala wants to scuttle the process. And we still remain willing, but I don’t think that we should bend over backwards in a way that will be showing that we are willing to compromise the principles that we stand on and the principles that almost a hundred percent of the countries of the world recognize with us and recognize with us from back in 1980 when the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Belize’s independence with all of our territory intact.”

 

The Guatemalan passport has not been produced as yet and the government is seeking tenders for the travel document.

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4 Responses for “A P.U.P. government would ban Guatemalan with offensive passport”

  1. Wake Up! says:

    The Government of Belize should stop all Belizeans from traveling, trading, etc. with Guatemala. Any country that does not respect our sovereignty, we should not interact and do buiness with them. We are not taking Guatemala’s very insulting actions as disrespectful and alarming!!!!! It’s time we should!!!!! We are a country to be respected!!!!!

  2. proud belizean says:

    you know Belizeans are not proud people,if this was to happen in another caribbean country (ie) Barbados or Jamaica there would be HELL to pay.

  3. NO TOICJ says:

    no country in the world should accept entry of any guatemalan carrying that passport. it is already null and void.

  4. NO TOICJ says:

    The way guatemala is behaving, i would not be surprised if these passports have actually already been printed to be issued shortly. i don’t believe that they were asking for our permission or approval but instead telling us their intent to use it. the common guatemalan would look at this passport and think that it means that they already have belize as their own and thus the real invasion and taking over will begin. i truly would not be surprised if some type of invasion or taking over of belize is not being planned by the guatemalan government. concerning the referendum on ICJ – i agree that it should not take place by one country. i don’t believe that guatemala is interested in the icj anymore. I don’t believe that they just want the southern half of Belize. They want all of Belize, especially since this illegal map on their passport and on other media shows all of Belize as a part of their territory. i believe that icj is a non-issue. I wish our o=government would recognize this. guatemala has broken so many, many official promises, i don’t trust them. they view us as a non-entity; they smile in our faces and apparently stab us in the back when we are not looking. they tell us of a dotted line, etc. between the two countries, but i would not be surprised if they have no such line at all. But let me make myself clear, the territory of Belize whether with a solid line or dotted line or even presented separately, does not belong on their passports or any other document or media. All countries should reject this passport and reject guatemalans using it. Belize never belonged to Guatemala and we never will. Belize is for Belizeans. Belize is INDEPENDENT!

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