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Sep 30, 2013

Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington speak on referenda at UN General Assembly

Wilfred Elrington

Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning, where he spoke on the issue of the postponement of the joint referenda which should have been held in Belize and Guatemala in October.  The simultaneous exercise was to have posed the question of whether the unfounded Guatemalan claim should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for adjudication.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Foreign Affairs Minister

“Mr. President when I addressed this assembly last September, I had been pleased to support that our two states had agreed to submit to the citizens of our respective countries in simultaneous referendum on the sixth day of October 2013, six days from today, the question of whether it was the will of our respective constituencies that the Guatemalan claim be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final resolution. Regretfully however, last April, Guatemala gave official notice to both Belize and the Organization of American States that the Guatemalan government had decided not to proceed with the referendum on the sixth of October 2013 and was proposing that the same be postponed. Not unexpectedly that decision was not well received in Belize. The Guatemalan claim is a constant source of anxiety to our citizens as well as investors in our country. Furthermore, both our territorial and our maritime border regions have been suffering from depredation and environmental degradation in consequences of the wanton and sustained illegal activities of Guatemalan campecinos, fishermen and other criminal elements engaged in narco-trafficking, human-trafficking, smuggling, illegal panning for gold, the extraction of xate and other exotic plants and animals, the illegal felling of timber and the pillaging of our ancient Mayan ruins. The felling of timber in our rain forests are contributing to the denuding of our mountains, which results in violent flooding in the rainy season and the transmission of topsoil, sand and silt into the sea. These soils are then ultimately deposited into our pristine barrier reef; choking and destroying the fragile ecosystems therein and compromising the health of the entire reef and the marine ecological system thriving therein. Additionally, the increasing trespassing by the Guatemalans into our country has given rise to more frequent violent encounters between Guatemalans and members of our Belize Defense Force resulting in fatalities in some instances. These incidents put a heavy strain on the relations between our country and Guatemala and the peace of our region as a whole.”

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3 Responses for “Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington speak on referenda at UN General Assembly”

  1. Rod says:

    Incompetents is the biggest part of this gov. So many traitors in this gov. Makes me want to vomit.

  2. venus says:

    The foreign minister has finally taken his head out of the sand, hoping he keeps it out. The more he can internationalize the humiliation of Belize the more the international community will learn how Guatemala is behaving.

  3. bzn2dbone says:

    I am pleased to note that out Minister has finally pushed this issue in the international scene. I am proud that he has done so. I only hope that he continues to press the issue but with more vehemence and affirmation of our National Sovereignty…. I love Belize!

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