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Jun 13, 2012

Territorial Referendum? Yes. Oceana Referendum? Maybe not

Dean Barrow

The Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute is subject to a simultaneous referendum on October sixth, 2013. If the people of Belize and Guatemala agree, the dispute can finally be settled at the International Court of Justice. Oceana Belize is also hoping to get a referendum on the issue of offshore drilling. But the Prime Minister indicated that because of the budget cuts, Oceana Belize will take a backseat to the territorial dispute.


Dean Barrow

“There is a referendum that we must hold. You know there has been an agreement that the I.C.J. Referendum is to be held by next October. In that context, there will be unavoidable and huge expenses. I therefore still perfectly comfortable with the notion of a referendum on offshore drilling, but again the timing of that will have to depend almost exclusively on what the numbers are looking like—and I know what the numbers are looking like—how the numbers come out with respect to the budget exercise. In other words there is a question of cost involved in that as well and quite frankly getting debt relief and coming up with a budget that can assist us in that regard so that we might have in fact more breathing room, far more breathing space next year is of critical importance. The timing of the offshore referendum will have to take second place to that.”


In February, Oceana collected over twenty thousand signatures to trigger a referendum, but eight thousand were rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Commission. And in days leading up to the March seventh election, the Prime Minister did commit to a referendum. We’ll have more from the PM’s Press Conference on Thursday. 

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2 Responses for “Territorial Referendum? Yes. Oceana Referendum? Maybe not”

  1. Rod says:

    What a failure resign resign .

  2. Belizean says:

    Thanks Mr Barrow. First things first

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