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Aug 14, 2015

Bishop Wright Weighs-In On Belize/Guatemala Dispute

The usually reserved Roman Catholic Bishop also chose to speak on the Guatemalan claim on Belize which is obviously close to his heart. He told media personnel that as far as he is concerned, the ICJ may not be the way to go and Guatemala should really just leave Belize alone. He spoke in the context of the sudden outcry by officials on the area of the Sarstoon. That southernmost feature is mentioned prominently in our National Anthem, but suddenly…it’s an area under dispute and, at least according to the government, Belizeans should keep away.

 

Most Rev. Dorick Wright, Roman Catholic Bishop

“I don’t think that they have a right to take control of it. If it is our country we should be left with that and so I cannot support them with that. It is a shame that this has to happen. From I was small I have been hearing about the Guatemalan claim. I don’t know if it was ever down to land before, but they were claiming. It’s something I think they enjoy hanging over our heads. I don’t care for it. It is something that is going to hurt us in the end.”

 

Reporter

“Sir may I ask about your opinion on going to the ICJ?”

 

Dorick Wright

Most Rev. Dorick Wright

“I’ve heard so many things about the ICJ I’m not certain I know which. I’ve heard some say if we go we will lose. Some say if we go we will win. Some say we shouldn’t go because they have no right to make decisions for us. Others say that decision has been made already. So if all that is true, then I don’t think we should go. If that decision was made at Independence, maybe we should not go, but I leave it up to the government and hope that in their prudence they will make the right decision. But I really would not like them to just run into this. Listen to everybody and see what can be a sensible decision that can be made.”

 

Reporter

“Would the Church be willing to take a more active role as we go closer to a referendum and closer to the possibility of going to the ICJ?”

 

Most Rev. Dorick Wright

“I imagine most of us Roman Catholics in Belize are Belizeans and I suspect that somewhere along the line it will be asked of us to make a statement or show our support. I support in a quiet way the move for them to leave us alone. Let us flourish as a country. Ask God to prosper the work of our hands in this country, but please leave us alone.”

 

Reporter

“What is your opinion of those who are going on the trip?”

 

Most Rev. Dorick Wright

“I think it’s good for them to make it known to our neighbours that this is our country and we have a right to be there. But then I ask also to be careful. Let us pray that nobody is hurt. Let us pray that nobody does something wrong that will trigger anything that would not be very sensible and responsible.”


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