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May 19, 2015

Courtenay Speaks on Referendum and ICJ

Eamon Courtenay

This weekend Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington will travel to Guatemala to sign an amendment to the Special Agreement signed at the O.A.S. headquarters in Washington back in 2008. The signing on Monday which will allow Guatemala to hold its referendum separately from ours has come under fire because while it is a significant change, there was no prior public consultation. Minister Elrington has said that there is no requirement for that. Eamon Courtenay is a former Foreign Minister, Attorney General and also a senior member of the team negotiating the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. Courtenay says that the change is a bad idea, and under these present circumstances, so is going to the ICJ.   


Eamon Courtenay, Former Foreign Minister/Attorney-General

“We should not agree to this change unless we are satisfied that it is decisively in our national interest and that needs to be articulated to our Belizean people. As to what is the benefit to making this radical change and I have not yet heard what is the explanation and we are entitled to that explanation for the government of Belize.”


Dickie Bradley

“There is really no duty to consult that matter to the Belizean people, you have heard that statement.”


Eamon Courtenay

“Yes and that is where I was saying to you that we have the arrogance of power and the contempt for the Belizean people. Mr Elrington is intoxicated with power for him to publicly say that on this issue he is under no obligation to consult with the Belizean People. Something is radically wrong with that statement, something is very wrong with that belief. How can Mr. Elrington believe that he has such power of a despot to determine the future of our country. We say no to the ICJ because Guatemala is not acting in good fate and if we win we will not be able to implement the result of that judgement and we have no confidence in Mr. Elrington’s management in this claim. He has proven himself repeatedly as a serial mis-speaker which has an impact on the international plane.”


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3 Responses for “Courtenay Speaks on Referendum and ICJ”

  1. solo says:

    Mr.Elrington aka(Artificial) needs to be remove out of that post he doesn’t have on NO thinking cap i would just want to capture him and care him all around the boarder of our country BELIZE and show them how terrific the Guatemalans(xateros) are rading our wildlifes and Jungle,Honestly it will piss you off as an Individual when you see what really is taking place so these polictians really needs to act and protect our Boarder and we need a GOV that will increase the numbers of Soldiers.peace out….

  2. kmh says:

    Mr, Courtenay was in the negotiations at the OAS and as they say when fish go da riva battom and tell you haligetta di deh, believe am. He is right in pointing out that we do not know what benefit there would be to this agreement. Whatever private arrangement, inducement is being made to these politicians needs to be rooted out,
    ps please change the terrible error in the transcript. He did not say “desk spot” he said “despot.
    context should have made that obvious to whomever typed this up.

  3. kmh says:

    Find out what Mr Elrington (and perhaps the PM ) are gaining from this amendment., Something rotten in the state of Belizean foreign affairs….

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