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Aug 11, 2015

Former PM Says P.U.P. Does Not Support Going to the ICJ

Said Musa

On another issue of national importance, the P.U.P. does not support going to the International Court of Justice to resolve Guatemala’s territorial claims to Belize at this time. This is a direct reversal of the Party’s previously stated position. Appearing on the Dickie Bradley Special on Monday, former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Said Musa explained that the entire process has been mismanaged by the government. Musa believes that if the claim is taken before the ICJ by this administration, with the compromis worded as it is the risk of losing territory is very real. One example of the risk, says Musa, is that over the years both parties had already agreed that the land borders, from Aguas Turbias in the north to Gracias a Dios in the south. But now everything has changed.


Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“Let us concentrate on the maritime areas and let us talk about trade and different issues, the development fund, the economic zone – development in other words. This is where the discussion had moved towards. Why all of a sudden now we will agree to put to the ICJ everything – insular claims, maritime, terrestrial claims, everything. No man, that’s madness. In other words we’re going back to square one. That’s the first objection. The second objection is the mismanagement of the whole thing by the government. Not only Sedi Elrington. He’s only the face of it. And of course he has to take the brunt of the criticism because he is screwing up very badly in managing the issue. But I have a feeling, and it’s not completely divorced from fact, that he is being set up to take these hard decisions by his Prime Minister, who is staying back out of it completely. All he is saying that he will vote to go to the ICJ…that he will vote Yes. But they are not doing anything to sell that to the Belizean people. You know why this whole thing is a farce? First of all they put into the amended Constitution that sixty percent of the people have to vote in any referendum. They know fully well they will never get sixty percent. So why are we subjecting the Belizean people to all this? And then to go further and allow Guatemala to push us around by agreeing to delink the referendum date. They can hold it whenever they like. They were supposed to hold it in October, but now they decide that Congress won’t allow it to go forward. We are being taken for a poppy-show, for a joke. So in other words what we are saying in the People’s United Party, as I understand our position, is that this whole thing is being mismanaged and we are being led down the proverbial garden path by this government which has so mismanaged the whole thing that at the rate we are going we will lose a part of our country, a part of our land.”

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5 Responses for “Former PM Says P.U.P. Does Not Support Going to the ICJ”

  1. Concern belizean says:

    I totally agree with agree with former Prime minister Said Musa, We the people of Belize are being misled by the UDP leaders and if we don’t wise up we will loose part of our land. How can we guarantee that by going to the ICJ we stop having Guatemala claiming what is ours. I personally will vote NO to the ICJ. I was never willing to loose part of Belize then much worst I want to loose part to Belize now, Belize for Belize and Guatemala for Guatemalans. Also my fellow Belizean if we do have the referendum and you go put to vote, VOTE NO to the ICJ

  2. CEO says:

    I do not see the need to go to some guys who have no vested interest in Belize to decide what we do. This makes no sense!

    If Guatemala really wants to do the right thing they can choose to leave us the heck alone! Simple! They do not need a court to tell this to them.

    Their objective is clear…they want Belize. They will continue to cause problems regardless which court tells them what to do. So why waste time with the ICJ? Nothing good will come out of that!

  3. Me says:

    Another Musa hypocrisy. Wasn’t the PUP the ones that originally came up with the plan to go to the ICJ. Then the UDP piggy backed and signed the compromis. Musa needs to come clean with the Belizean people if he ever hopes to form the government. Clearly he has not learned nothing from his previous “mistakes”. And I don’t want to hear his famous comment that sometimes a leader has to lie.

  4. Uncle John says:

    I remember his government was the ones that started the move to the ICJ

  5. rudy says:


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