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Jun 17, 2016

COLA Lashes Out at G.O.B. for Advancing an ICJ Agenda

Geovannie Brackett

Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, has weighed in on the latest development coming out of the O.A.S. General Assembly, as it relates to Belize and Guatemala.  Earlier today, the organization issued a release calling on government to clarify specific aspects of the ICJ discussion.  According to President Geovannie Brackett, government is trying to advance an ICJ agenda abroad and used the platform of the forty-sixth session of the O.A.S. General Assembly to put forward its objective.


Geovannie Brackett, President, COLA

“The release looked at a few things.  First of all, the resolution passed at the OAS [General] Assembly definitely is not in line with what we at COLA have been made to understand is in what was the process.  Minister Elrington again continues to focus, and the government, let’s just be straight, the Government of Belize, Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs is giving an impression that we are talking about an ICJ process excluding the fact that there is a referendum process before we even reach the ICJ.  A resolution such as what was passed is disillusioned and it’s representative of what really is the actual process that the Belizean public was made to be told when the Compromis was signed.  We’ve seen since the signing of the Compromis several appeasement by our country, appeasing Guatemala.  We changed the signing agreeing that instead of having a joint referendum that now we can have two separate referendum.  That was what Guatemala wanted and Guatemala is now saying that they assert power over the Sarstoon.  We just sit back and say oh, we’re going to just, to try to get to a protocol but then we see our people are being turned back every time and the Government of Belize is saying one thing and a different thing is happening on the ground.  There’s clearly aggression at our borders and there’s clearly aggression over the Sarstoon, but every time there’s an opportunity for the government to go and voice what is actually happening on the ground you hear Minister Elrington saying that there is a good relationship between Belize and Guatemala.  There is no good relationship between Belize and Guatemala.  In fact, we at COLA believe that the government should have already called back our ambassador the same way that Guatemala did, we should have done that.”


COLA is also calling for a full investigation into the events that transpired at the Sarstoon on Thursday involving a News Five team being aggressed by nine Guatemalan soldiers.

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1 Response for “COLA Lashes Out at G.O.B. for Advancing an ICJ Agenda”

  1. Steve says:

    It is disgusting what the UDP government are doing. They think we are fools; well, some have been fools for voting for them once again, despite seeing how they handle the Belize-Guatemala problem. No apologies.

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