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Jan 11, 2019

Eamon Courtenay: “We Must Know Who Our Lawyers Are”

Courtenay says that if Belizeans go to the polls on April tenth, he will not attempt to convince them to vote ‘yes’ unless certain conditions are achieved by the government.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

“One, there must be and update for a legal opinion. Two, there must be a legal opinion on the maritime issue. Three, we must know who our lawyers are and we must be satisfied that there is a team that is being paid and fully paid. Who are the support persons? What are they doing? Who there are? And that they are ready to go. More importantly, we need to amend the Referendum Act to make the results binding and that no government can say ‘I don’t accept the results. We need to amend the Maritime Areas Act to ensure that we claim the maximum that we are entltied under the law of the sea.”

 

Kevin Arthurs

“Those things will not happen though Senator so you are telling the people to vote no. That can happen in ten weeks.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay

“Can I continue?”

 

Kevin Arthurs

“Sure.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“I am saying we should amend the Representation of the People’s Act to allow Belizeans in the Diaspora to vote. Now let me bring up two important issues. Hold on.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“I am just saying that you are introducing a whole different issue when we start talking about including the diaspora but we’ll try to touch on that before the end of the show.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“I am saying to you without fear of contradiction that we cannot have the referendum on the tenth of April 2019 without amending the Representation of the People’s Act and promulgating regulations to hold that referendum.”


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