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Jan 15, 2019

Francis Fonseca: “Why Wasn’t Declaration Signed in 2013?”

Francis Fonseca

While Briceño says there is no rift in the party, in the wake of the signing of a seven-point declaration, several P.U.P. politicians have spoken out giving various reasons for and against taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice. Today, former opposition leader and attorney general Francis Fonseca gave his perspective. Fonseca questioned why an initiative such as this was not done several years ago.


Francis Fonseca, Former Attorney General

“We had the five former foreign ministers, their declaration that they signed, why was that not done in 2013 at the outset of this campaign?  And then have those five former foreign ministers travel the country, take their message to the Belizean people in every section of this country and say to them why they feel so strongly about a yes vote and why it is important for the future of Belize.  That is the kind of campaign I think we needed to have and we can have and I think that can lead us in a place where Belizeans have confidence, they are united in how they feel about going to the International Court of Justice.  Without that support and confidence, I think we are wasting time. I am on record publicly saying that I cannot support a yes vote in the current context of this education campaign.  So I cannot, in good faith, say to any Belizean, I have shared my views with the Freetown committee and with residents, I cannot encourage them to say yes in the current environment that we are in.”

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