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Jan 10, 2019

I.C.J. Referendum Should Be Postponed, Says Former Attorney General

Francis Fonseca

Freetown Area Representative and former P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca took to social media on Wednesday to weigh in on G.O.B.’s move to join five former Foreign Affairs Ministers to sign a declaration in support of a ‘yes’ vote. In his post, Fonseca joins a long line of critics who have said that the government has failed in rolling out an impartial and effective I.C.J. referendum campaign. Fonseca says, “The current Government of Belize has consistently displayed a lack of competence in managing Belize/Guatemala relations and has not carried out an effective, balanced and organized I.C.J. education campaign.” According to Fonseca, unless there is a dramatic shift in public opinion over these next ten weeks, government’s incompetence and disorganization will lead to a decisive ‘no’ vote. Fonseca who has served as Attorney General says that Belize has a strong case but this view is rendered meaningless in the current environment of mistrust and chaos surrounding the education campaign. Fonseca says that the I.C.J. referendum should be postponed and held only after Belize has secured a proper and effective Sarstoon Protocol. He said that the referendum should be held after the required and relevant amendments have been made to the Referendum Act, the Maritime Areas Act, and the Representation of the People Act.

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