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Jun 2, 2017

It’s Still No to the I.C.J.

Paco Smith

Last week, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington broke the news that Guatemala expects to have its referendum on taking the Belizean claim to the International Court of Justice later this year in November.  Belize, meanwhile, continues its own public education campaign. The Guatemala issue has not been as prominent in national affairs while the Government faces down scandal after scandal, but the Belize Progressive Party, one of the strongest opponents of going to the I.C.J., took the opportunity to re-assure that it has not given up that Opposition. Chairman Paco Smith tells us more.


Paco Smith, Chairman, Belize Progressive Party

“One thing about the B.P.P. is that we stand firmly on our principles, and our principles are grounded in sound fact and due diligence. Our position has not changed with regard to the I.C.J.; in fact, you may not have heard from us more verbally in the past, but with limited resources we have to be strategic in how we go about doing things. So I have to let the public know that the B.P.P.’s position remains the same. And as the Government attempts to indoctrinate the public with their misinformation campaign, you can rest assured that the B.P.P. and our allies that share our view with regard to the pitfalls that await Belize if we go the route of voting to go to the I.C.J., we will mobilize and we shall put our best foot forward to continue to spread the word that Belize must vote no to the I.C.J., particularly in this current format.”

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