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May 21, 2015

Shoman Says Amendment Does Not Benefit Belize

Lisa Shoman

During the prime minister’s press briefing last Thursday, he told the media that Belize would have an advantage were Guatemala to proceed with individual referendum in November.  Our vote, he said, would hinge on the outcome of Guatemala’s decision.  That position, is seemingly not a shared one, since Shoman says that it’s a departure from the initial agreement to hold joint referenda to avoid political influence in a matter that is considered of national importance. As we said be


Isani Cayetano

“As someone versed in foreign affairs matters and what have you, what is your opinion on what the prime minister has said with regards to Belize now having an advantage if Guatemala were to proceed with referendum in November and we look at their outcome in order to determine how we will vote for or against going to the ICJ?”


Lisa Shoman

“I don’t see how that puts Belize at an advantage because we have always insisted to the international community and when I say we I mean Belize.  Belize has always told the international community that it was our intent to have the simultaneous referenda.  At the same time we have always assured the international community that this issue, the unfounded Guatemalan claim to Belize or the Belize/Guatemala differendum, whatever term you want to use, that that is not an issue that should be caught up in the electoral politics of either country.  I don’t believe that agreeing to have it during the Guatemalan presidential election is a good thing because in now de-linking simultaneous referenda and breaking a principle we had always held to.  We’re also going to break another principle which is that it should not be caught up in the electoral politics of either country.  Okay.  So I don’t see how that could be of any advantage to Belize.  I think who is getting the advantage actually, and this is a personal opinion, is Guatemala because they are getting to hold this referendum at a time of their choosing and it is clear to me that the outcome of that referendum would absolutely have an impact on how Belize would vote.”


As we said before the approach has always been one of bipartisanship and this is the first time that we can recall that the opposition will not participate in proceedings dealing with the dispute.

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1 Response for “Shoman Says Amendment Does Not Benefit Belize”

  1. Ali BaBarrow says:

    Lisa, it is not about benefitting Belize or its citizens.

    It is about enriching Ali and the 40.

    Now step aside and bake cookies or whatever you do.

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