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Apr 17, 2018

If It’s a No, Respect, but Nothing Changes

The possibility of voters saying no to the ICJ is a very real likelihood.  If that were indeed the case, Faber says that government would have no choice but to respect the will of the people.  The drawback, however, is that Belize would once again find itself in the very same predicament with Guatemala that it has been troubled with for centuries, an unfounded claim over its land and insular territories.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“If the Belizean people would say no, according to the legal mechanism that is set up for us when a referendum is run, there is no other push that we ought to be making.  The Belizean people would have spoken emphatically and clear, no matter what the percentage turnout in that referendum would be.  Very much the same way that the Guatemalan people have said that they want to go, despite the fact that the turnout is far below half of the voting population in Guatemala.  So, as far as I am concerned we ought not take it any further than that.  I don’t know that we have had any questions in that direction but my vote would certainly be to not go against what the Belizean people would have said and hopefully would have said loud and clear in a referendum.  If Belize, when we are asked the question, says no we don’t want to go to the ICJ then we are in the same predicament that we’ve been for all of these years because there is, it would have meant, as far as I am understanding, an end, a failure, so to speak, to the process that is probably the most valuable, the most possible solution that we’ve seen so far.  And so I really would want to see it go positively and we certainly want to see a close to this whole issue and for us right now that is the way to go.  But it’s not to say that if the Belizean people say they don’t want something that this government is taking that position to push something down throats, no.  This is a very, very important issue, it is an issue that runs very deep in the veins of our Belizeans, especially those who are patriotic in view and it is not a matter to be taken lightly.  Everybody’s position should be respected.”

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