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Sep 6, 2018

$1.3 Million Grant for Referendum Campaign

In other news…The British Government has given over a million dollars towards the I.C.J. public awareness and preparedness campaign.  On Wednesday, British High Commissioner Peter Hughes handed over five hundred thousand pounds which will be used to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice.  The project was launched last month when the U.S. Embassy in Belize gave two hundred and fifty-thousand U.S. dollars. The campaign is set to continue through to April of next year when the referendum takes place.  The funds will be administered by the United Nations Development Programme.


Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes, British High Commissioner

“The British Government is donating a grant of five hundred thousand pounds, which, at the present exchange rate, is approximately one point three million Belize dollars. And that donation is to support the information campaign – public awareness campaign in the run up to the referendum in taking the border dispute to the I.C.J.”


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We are very grateful to the British Government for this very generous donation. It is a large amount of money and it is going to conduce very greatly to us being able to educate the Belizean populace on this vital question of whether we should take the dispute for resolution to the I.C.J. or not.”


Christian Alvarez Volkmann

Christian Alvarez Volkmann, U.N.D.P. Resident Representative

“The idea from our perspective is to support, particularly access for young people to information about the referendum. It is also the idea that it is important that the national debate about the referendum brings in all the stakeholders; civil society, churches, private sector, etc…everybody. We will provide technical assistance so that the campaign is done well. I would also like to emphasize that our support as U.N.D.P. is under strict neutrality. So, from our perspective, our support here is a contribution to the Belizean democracy so that people really get the information they need as citizens.”

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1 Response for “$1.3 Million Grant for Referendum Campaign”

  1. Paco Smith says:

    The GOB by way of its bi-partisan approach concerning their suppossed Referendum “Edcation Campaign” received yet another hefty sum to add to the kitty.

    With the governments of both the UK and the US contributing handsomely, with the auroa of being impartial insofar as the referendum is concerned, why haven’t they mandated the campaign present both sides of the issue?

    Add to the mix, the UNDP that professes to also be neutral in their lending of technical assistance/support and it leaves considerably more questions than answers.

    The current campaign is not inclusive and purposefully does not afford those who support FULL DISCLOSURE regarding the risks associated with going to the ICJ, an opportunity to take part in the initiative.

    The BPP has been at the forefront of this issue and holding true to form, the GOB refuses to acknowledge the necessity to provide more than their skewed, flawed and singular narrative which erroneously claims that Belize has no other option than to go to the ICJ.

    Therefore, it begs the question, “Are those who are footing the bill for the campaign as ‘neutral’ as they puport to be?”

    Let us simply say, that enquiring minds demand to know. As a result, he BPP put forth its position on this extremely important issue by way of the attached press release.

    8867 Today 8867 Tomorrow 8867 Forever
    Belize, Sovereign and Free – NO ICJ!

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