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May 12, 2015

Will Separate Referendum Affect Belizean Psyche on Territorial Dispute?

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

While Elrington reiterated that government will not act without consensus, he says that the decision to separate the dates for the referendum should not, in any way, affect the process or the mindset of the Belizean people.


Isani Cayetano

“How does that affect the overall psyche of the Belizean public seeing as though we understood it to be a matter where both countries would go, on the same day, and exercise a right, so to speak, as to whether or not this particular territorial dispute, the Belize/Guatemala Claim goes before the ICJ and now this amendment essentially separates the two countries from doing so on the same day?”


Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I can’t see how it can affect our country.  I can’t see how it could affect our people in any particular way.  The important thing here is for the Belizean people to be given the opportunity to make the decision as to whether we will take this matter to the International Court of Justice.  That opportunity is going to be given to the Belizean people.  Nothing will be done to our going to the International Court of Justice until the voice of the Belizean people has been heard, until their instructions are given.”

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