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Jun 17, 2016

P.U.P. Leader Chastises Foreign Minister Elrington

John Briceño

The O.A.S. General Assembly concluded its yearly meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last Wednesday. The General Assembly passed a resolution and we will come to that later, but days prior to that regional meeting, the opposition representative to that meeting, Lisa Shoman, was told she was no longer required. But the P.U.P. says its participation is meaningful, but that the government is not taking them seriously. P.U.P. Leader John Briceño also chastised the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, for being so accommodating to the point of appearing to be hoodwinked.


John Briceño, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“It’s not about us not going to the Dominican Republic but it’s more a pattern of behavior from the government.  We send these letters trying to advise the prime minister and then he sends a very short, curt letter, you know, pretty much dismissing what you have to say.  So if you don’t want to listen to us then why is it that you want us around?”



“Initially wasn’t the opposition party invited to be a part of the General Assembly and is there any truth to the opposition being disinvited after some changes were made?”


John Briceño

“Yes, we were invited to go to the General Assembly meeting.  We appointed Ambassador Lisa Shoman to represent us at that meeting but it seems that all of a sudden the foreign minister from Guatemala felt that he was going to be too busy and would be unable to have or to hold a meeting with us and because of that then the government decided well if we noh wahn meet Guatemala then we don’t need you around.  We felt differently and that is why I wrote the prime minister a letter explaining that, telling him that whilst Guatemala is not going to or does not want to meet with us, we knew that there was a resolution in the works.  We knew already that twenty-one countries were prepared to sign on to that resolution and we felt that with us there we can help to strengthen that resolution and secondly, that we can take the opportunity to talk to all the member states about what is taking place.  Because, unfortunately what is happening to us I believe, is that our foreign minister goes to great lengths to point out that oh he and the foreign minister from Guatemala are such great friends and he goes to such great lengths to be nice and courteous and almost being careful on what message he wants to say, our foreign minister, so as not to offend the foreign minister from Guatemala.  But the foreign minister from Guatemala loses no sleep in being aggressive and being disingenuous in what he says about us.  We felt that it was an opportunity for us to be there along with the government and to meet with all of these countries to tell them what is really taking place on the ground.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.P. Leader Chastises Foreign Minister Elrington”

  1. Steve says:

    The explanation is simple: Sedi Elrington has been given a downpayment of millions of dollars to play along with Guatemala. He is doing it, so he can collect the other millions at the end. Belizeans, will you allow this to continue and suffer the consequences?

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    Lo que esta ocurriendo sobre el terreno, es que Belice corrió los límites que establece el tratado de 1859, al este lo corrió de la costa a las islas que están frente a la costa. En el occidente corrió el límite de los Raudales del río Belice a los Raudales de Garbutt en río Hondo y ahora pretende correr el limite sur, queriendo apoderarse del río Sarstún que esta excluido del tratado de 1859, el río Sarstún es el limite sur únicamente de Belice, porque de Guatemala es parte de su territorio.

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