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Oct 2, 2012

Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on ICJ at UN General Assembly

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington

The annual debate at the UN general assembly in New York is winding down. On Monday afternoon, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington took to the famous lectern along with the other ministers from the CARICOM.  Elrington touched on a number of global issues on the UN Agenda such as climate change, peace and security while on the home front he lauded the pro poor policies of the government which he said were geared to uplift the welfare of children and youth.   The foreign minister also touched on the upcoming referenda in respect of the ICJ in this manner.


Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Foreign Affairs Minister

“But whereas we obtained our political independence in September of 1981, our sovereignty over our homeland is still being threatened by a territorial claim dating to post 1940’s by our neighbor, Guatemala. We therefore find the theme for this sixty-seventh session’s debate a timely and fitting one: namely bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means. Happily, I can today inform this august body that both the governments of Belize and Guatemala have agreed to a recommendation of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States to allow the Guatemalan claim to be adjudicated upon by the International Court of Justice if that is the will of the citizens of respective countries express in simultaneous referenda to be held on October sixth, 2013. The resolution of the territorial referendum between Belize and Guatemala will not only consolidate Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity but it will also enhance the peace and security of our sub-region and conduce to the strengthening and deepening of our regional integration process. Mister President, Belizeans are a peace loving people. We abhor conflict; we believe in the rule of law and we have faith in this United Nations. We ask also that urgent attention be given to the concerns of the people of Israel and Palestine whose legitimate expectations to live peaceful, fruitful lives continue to be frustrated.”


Still on the ICJ, we do note that our friends from Trinidad and Tobago referred to that issue.  In his statement to the UN, the Foreign Minister applauded the Compromis to submit to the ICJ, the adjudication of the dispute.  But before that can happen, the decision on whether or not the claim will land before the ICJ, is to be determined in simultaneous referenda in October 2013. We also note the size of the delegation: at last count it was eleven members:  Minister Wilfred Elrington, CEO Alexis Rosado, Ambassadors Lois Young Barrow, Fred Martinez, Nestor Mendez, Janine Coye Felson, Senator Lisa Shoman, Solicitor General Cheryl Krusen, and diplomats Ayesha Borland, Paulette Elrington and Sharlene Henderson.

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7 Responses for “Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on ICJ at UN General Assembly”

  1. Storm says:

    I’d prefer a single statesman to represent us than an entire football team of lesser lights.

  2. Rod says:

    Why are we wasting all the po people money by sending 11 people to the un why are we wasting all this money for what no wonder we can’t pay our bills this trip cost the po people of Belize over thirty thousand dollars when all said and done and for what just to waste money because we all know that Elrington will give away the farm to Guatemala he can’t even remember what day it is much less anything else.

  3. Uncle Benji says:

    Just a personal viewpoint……… but someone needs to tell this guy (Wilfred Elrington) that Belize is in Central America, not Africa. Have you seen how this dresses? If this is the way he manages our external affairs, Belizeans are doomed.

    This guy comes across as half crazy, dirty and nasty looking. Where is the GSU? This guy needs to be kicked in the head, shaved, hose down with Dettol Antiseptic before he continues representing Belize. Gawd, what a mess.

  4. dunfedup says:

    Can I go too? Everyone else is.

  5. Rocket says:

    If we go to the ICJ, what does that prove to us? That we simply don’t have any integrity by accepting this these types of nonsense. we are recognized by the UN as a nation that we are. what Guatemala has to lose?????? NOTHING Right? And where do we stand? Its like a smart kid putting a trick on another dumb @ss kid.

  6. Al says:

    Uncle Benji, Elrington looks like something out of Planet of the Apes. I have been to Africa and I can promise you, only the very poor are not able to dress properly. African politicians are very professionally dressed. By the way Abuja the capiatal of Nigeria, is absolutely modern city well built up, with large palatial estates. I agree he does not look like someone who has integrity or knows what he is talking about, like you I am so ashamed of the people who are representing the country.

  7. Sandra says:

    Do you negative individuals live in the US or Belize? I find it ironic that most people who have so much to say about our country are individuals who are not contributing to the Belizean economy. It is time that Belizeans who respond to issues about Belize on the internet become courageous enough to show your faces. Do you not understand that clothes does not make a man? His appearance from the picture above reflects that of a very well groomed individual, as well as a knowledgeable man. You all need to take time to educate yourselves on issues pertaining to the development of Belize. It is because of people like you all, without an inkling of development issues that Belize has been in the back woods all these years. Mr. Elrington is like a “Daniel to the Rescue”, as like Shakespeare would say.

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