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Oct 8, 2015

Barrow Says Attack on FM Elrington Is Unwarranted

Dean Barrow

The sustained attack on Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington recently took on new life after his UN address last week. Critics say that Elrington did not devote sufficient time to the issue with Guatemala, and that should have been priority one when provided with a forum on such an international stage. Elrington has also come under fire because he didn’t say the “R” word when speaking about going to the ICJ. Where that attack in regards to the referendum is concerned, PM Barrow insists that it is unfair, transparent and easily dismissed.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I was Foreign Minister one time and I always knew these general assembly speeches to in the name concentrate on issues having to do with the UN Global agenda. Climate change is of course extremely high on that agenda. Now you do take the opportunity to say something about your particular circumstances and it was routine, when I gave my speeches, to reassert Belizean sovereignty and to reject the unfounded Guatemalan claim. But again, as I recollect, I did that in a sentence or two. It is not too much to say. Your claim is unfounded, we absolutely reject it, we are a sovereign independent country and we will remain that way. So I don’t know that it was incumbent on the minister to say very much more than he did. I also understand why people would have wanted him to spell out the fact that it is absolutely implicit and universally known that you don’t go to the ICJ and you can’t go to the ICJ except there is a referendum that will pass in Belize. But again, when the minister says we have signed a protocol to the Special Agreement that will perhaps see us going to the ICJ, everybody knows that the Special Agreement provides for referendums to be held in both countries. It is a protocol to a kind of treaty arrangement, the fundamental essential of which is going to a referendum.”

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