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Oct 23, 2018

Elrington Slams P.U.P. on Proposed Postponement of Referendum Date

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

There is a proposal floating around to postpone the April referendum to give Belizeans more time to apprise themselves of the facts.  Foreign Minister Elrington slammed the Opposition for that that proposal, saying that Belize does not control the agenda.


Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“This is the latest rationale for postponing it; from the beginning, they didn’t want us to go. The same people who didn’t want us to have it resolved because they say they don’t want it to be resolved under Dean Barrow and Sedi Elrington. These are the same people now who are refining their explanation: the time is too short or the matter now is becoming politicized. But the truth is that from day one, there are elements in the People’s United Party who have sought to conflate, to mix the issue with the party politicalsy. As a matter of fact, every single day the P.U.P. runs advertisements in which they are conflating the issue with the party politicality as the reason why we should not go because the U.D.P. lost the Sarstoon which is a complete fabrication. There is no truth to it. And the U.D.P. has not been able to stop the incursions; again complete fabrication. We don’t control the agenda. The decision to go to the I.C.J. is one which the British have been hoping to get for over eight years. It is one which every Belizean government has really wanted. In other words, we have wanted to have a peaceful settlement of the dispute. We tried all kind of negotiation and the like which did not work, but every government has wanted a peaceful resolution.  The same lawyers who they had engaged are engaged by us to go and argue it. But it is not a time table that we control, because it is the Guatemalans who are taking us. The British has told them and we have told them take it to the I.C.J.  So it is for them to go. We are not the aggressors; we are basically the defenders and so we have to go when both of us agree. So there is no telling that they will agree to postpone it. Why should they? They have already gone through the trouble of holding their referendum, spending millions of dollars. What basis now do we have to say to them well we are going to postpone it? Because there are a few people in the opposition who believe that we should wait to have this matter until they get into office?”

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