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Jan 8, 2019

P.U.P. Leader Says Ex-Foreign Ministers Do Not Speak for the Party

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has called a press conference for Wednesday morning. It is known that the purpose is to reveal a declaration signed by former foreign ministers, including from the P.U.P., who support taking the territorial dispute to the I.C.J.  Now, the ex-ministers known to support going to the I.C.J. are Lisa Shoman, Godfrey Smith, Assad Shoman and Said Musa, who is also a former prime minister. From what we are told, Eamon Courtenay is not part of that group and will not append his name to the document. The declaration is to bolster government’s ‘YES’ campaign.  This afternoon, the P.U.P. issued a statement in respect of the I.C.J. and Wednesday’s event.  The leader, John Briceño, states that after several months of meeting and consulting with leaders and supporters, it is obvious that a majority of party supporters are not in favour of submitting the unfounded claim to the I.C.J. for final adjudication. Briceño adds that while he has not concluded the tour, he is convinced it will be a resounding ‘NO’ and so he has an obligation to accept the views of the majority. Briceño then refers to the declaration and the ex-foreign ministers. He says that they do not speak for the P.U.P. on the issue and that in the coming weeks; the party will complete the process of consultation and will formally announce to the nation its full and final decision.

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