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Nov 14, 2018

Kareem Musa Not Happy with I.C.J. Referendum Campaign

Kareem Musa

The media also asked Kareem Musa whether or not he believes that Guatemala’s claim over Belize should be taken to the International Court of Justice for resolution. Musa’s political leader, John Briceño is pro-I.C.J. and so is his father and former prime minister, Said Musa. But for Kareem, the decision isn’t easy to make especially when Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington is in charge of the referendum campaigned. He explained why:


Kareem Musa, Area Representative, Caribbean Shores

“I have always maintained the position that as a country we need to but our best foot forward. In my humble opinion watching the Foreign Minister at work when it comes to the I.C.J., not just in the education campaign , it’s overall whatever issues come his way, it appears that he is not standing up for Belize. And I have a fundamental issue with that. So I have called on the prime Minister, I have called on the United Democratic Party to do something about it. Maybe it is not to remove him from Foreign Minister; keep him with the title but take him out of the forefront of this issue because he has been committing blunder after blunder and it affects us negatively. So you are way ahead of me in asking whether I want to go to I.C.J. or not because I don’t even feel that the government is ready. The government is not even putting their best foot forward. I can tell you that in my constituency our people are getting informed but they are not happy with the way that the Foreign Minister is handling it. We have the commander in chief who is the Prime Minister and I know he is suffering illness; he is put up so to speak but the people of this country want to h ear from the commander in chief. They want to hear from their leader. That is who we have as our Prime Minister and I have not heard the Prime Minister say or try to convince anybody that the I.C.J. is the way to go. Yes I he might put out there that he is for going to the I.C.J., but the people want to hear from him. And in the absence of that they certainly no longer want to hear from the Foreign Minister. So what you might end up getting come April tenth is that the pole will be voting against the messenger, they will be voting against how Sedi Elrington has been handling the situation and that is the last thing that we want. Which is why I support our party leader in the call for a delay because we need to restructure this thing and we need to re-strategize and ensure that every single time that we go out there we are putting our best foot forward. I am not happy with the way things are going and if my people of Caribbean Shores are telling me that they do not feel comfortable, they are going to vote no I will stay with my people and vote no.”

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