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Mar 1, 2013

Sedi Elrington blasts critics on the maritime areas act

Wilfred Elrington

The Budget reading turned to the topic on the tongue of every nationalist, the unfounded Guatemalan claim on Belize, and in this particular instance Belize’s maritime area. In mid-February, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamon Courtenay published an article in the Amandala Newspaper in response to statements made by Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington during an appearance on Open Your Eyes.  Those remarks pertained to the definition of Belize’s maritime and insular boundaries and the suggestion that if anything problematic should arise within the context of the existing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala, that it would be in that area.  Courtenay, in his editorial, lambasted Elrington for those statements. The foreign minister proceeded to avoid a back and forth argument on the issue by deferring to comment.  That was until today when he expanded on the topic of a Special Agreement signed in 2008, known as the Compromis.  Elrington spared no mercy on his predecessor.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Now the position, as I understand it, is that the final delimitation of our maritime boundaries will have to be done after we have agreed on the delimitation of our land boundaries, after we have an agreement on it.  And these are, in fact, you will find reference to this in the presentation which was made by the people in your party, who represented your party when they were dealing with the Wright/Ramphal/Reichler Settlement.  The position of international law is that you establish the land border first, you have no dispute about that and then you go to the maritime borders and when you go to the maritime borders we will have to agree, particularly down south, with Belize, Honduras and Guatemala.  But the basic international position is that is going to be the equidistant point between the three countries.  That is the basic position but it has not yet been established definitively in international law.  You know when I signed the compromis who was sitting beside me?  You know who was sitting beside me, no other than Eamon Courtenay and he went to the OAS on every occasion that I went during the last four years.  He was part of the team representing your government or your party, never one day suggested anything that he wrote in the newspaper and none of you suggested it.  But the country is in good hands.  We are going to do the right, and certainly I am going to do the right thing so long as I am in office.  And I will make it abundantly clear at this time that I never set out to be a minister of government.  I never set out to be Foreign Minister, I never set out to be Attorney General and I can go home now quite comfortably and continue to walk with my dogs in the morning and live with my family in the evening.  [I] have no real desire to be here for my own interest but I am passionate about the safety and security of my country.  I am disappointed by the hypocrisy, the wimpish nature, the total absence of character that characterizes the members on the other side.”

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7 Responses for “Sedi Elrington blasts critics on the maritime areas act”

  1. Lucas says:

    BUT I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF MY COUNTRY. I sincerely would want to believe this man but I simply can . If he passionately cares, then please tell me: Why have you not yet changed the Maritime Areas Act in regards to the South? Why are you mumb in regards to the disturbing news that illigal Guatemalan trawlers are are fishing in our southern waters?

  2. blackberry says:

    Brigadier General David Jones knows better than most Belizeans that there is no jungle along the western border of Belize. Guatemalans have already illegally cut all the original growth along with about ten square miles of Belizean forest along our borderline. What is left there is secondary growth which the British kept clean while they were patrolling our border. They had our local Maya people clean that borderline often. It is pure neglect on the part of Belizean authorities that that border has secondary growth. To clean original jungle growth one needs axes and chain saws, Wil Mejia have not mention these because we do not need them along the borderline. A GPS can easily pick up coordinates from this secondary growth. Why do our leaders keep misinforming us?
    In the next three months another 2,000 acres of Belizean forest will be slash and burn by the Guatemalans to plant corn, beans and pumpkin when the first rains come in May. This is what the Belizean authorities should have the B@@ls to prevent instead of misinforming us. The foreign minister should ask the Guatemalans president to tell his people not to cross into Belize. Maybe Zenida was right.

  3. subKonshus says:

    That explains his lackadaisical attitude towards his job. Imagine, you employ a fireman who has no interest in being a fireman. Each time you send him to address a house fire, that house will burn down and he won’t give a damn because he was not interested in the first place to be in service to the community. That’s Sedi’s public confession to the People of Belize. How can you say in one instance, you have no interest in serving, yet have a passion for serving. This man knock his head or something?

  4. sickntired says:

    Rough talk when we talk to we own people. Why we no have big chats when we face the guats? Who inna de right mind run inna politics and no want to be a minister? Stay home next time – nobody beg yu fi join politics. If courtenay is an arse then balance out the scales by showing yourself to be a brave man and stand up to guate. Get rid of your idiot advisors and surround yourself with sensible people who care about the country and not how cute they look and how much belizean they could rough up. But of course if you keep yu promise to stay home with yu dogs nobody will cry.

  5. Eye in the Sky says:

    Belize was sold to the Guatemalans in the old days by our father of the land.
    Just check his swiss bank accounts.

  6. impartial says:

    “I am disappointed by the hypocrisy, the wimpish nature, the total absence of character that characterizes the members on the other side.”… old man look pan your side and tell me what you see… men of character? pleaseeeeee

  7. Bear says:

    “The country is in good hands,” Sedi says. Do you think so? I don’t.

    I can’t see a patriot in GOB willing to stand up to the Guats to protect our land and sovereignty.

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