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Mar 25, 2013

P.U.P. says no position on ICJ is acting in good faith

Francis Fonseca

The P.U.P. leader, Francis Fonseca also took the opportunity to criticize Guatemala for what he calls ‘scuttling’ the process, saying that Guatemala has been acting in bad faith.


Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition

“Guatemala in our view is the entity responsible for trying, if you like, scuttle the process. It is clear to us as we have said in our statement that they have not been acting in good faith. And their actions and their recent new proposals, their latest proposals, we believe place in jeopardy the entire exercise that we have been engaged in. the P.U.P. has been very clear in terms of our process of arriving at a decision in terms of yes or no so I reject your characterization of that process. We believe, you may not agree with us, but we believe that it is a proper thing to consult before we as a party take a national position on this matter. That is the purpose of the public education campaign; that is the purpose of our internal education campaign. I have said it before; I believe that it is disrespectful of the governing party to take a position at the beginning of this education process as opposed to allowing the process to work and arriving at a decision. But that is their right, but we also have our right to follow a process at the end of which we will make a decision. But certainly our statement today isn’t any attempt to scuttle any process, to be opportunistic. We believe, as I said earlier, it is our duty, our obligation as opposition. Remember we are responding to the statement of our own Foreign Minister in the National Assembly. I got no briefing from the Foreign Minister before he made that statement; in fact, it is not clear to me that anybody was told that he would make that statement in the National Assembly. He made that statement, he presented the options that are on the table and we have a duty and obligation to respond to that. And that is all that we are doing here today.”

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7 Responses for “P.U.P. says no position on ICJ is acting in good faith”

  1. lucas says:

    NO simultenous referendum means no referendum at all. Guatemala can take their proposal y meterselo en el hun… de la que los pa…

  2. Gone fishing says:

    your position is ridiculous. “No position” sounds like
    1) an uneducated position,
    2) a leader who can’t-lead position,
    3) a bookie in vegas position,
    4) play-it-safe opposition position. and on and on.

    your out of poltical power, and the constitution makes you impotent.
    or un-important, nearly irrellevant, or all of the above.

    once upon a time PUP had some backbone and competence; some one should do a documentary, some day.

    Step aside, let us focus on the real political geniuses of Belize who practice the real art of leadership.
    These buffoons elected twice in a row, are as smart as George W. Bush, who asked Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso on Nov. 8, 2001: “Do you have blacks, too?”

    in a way the Genius UPD position is tha same as PUP position: no relevant or credible position. they assume the voters will understand what should be done. Real governments with real leaders, lead because the citizens trust them. Because they have looked at the the problem and can advise.for the good of the nation.

  3. Rum Drum says:

    The real reason is that PUP cannot support anything UDP does even if it is good. But PUP cannot say no referndum because they think that might not go down too well with many Belizeans who might want an ICJ resolution. Funny thing is that PUP does not even know if Belizeans want to go to ICJ or not. So PUP plays the safe game of having no position because there is less political risk in having no position rather than having a position which might not be supported by many people.

  4. Big Ben says:

    Francis Fonseca is saying educate and consult with the belizean people, and let them make the decision which I believe is the right thing to do. This is not a party affair, but a belizean affair

  5. ceo says:

    No surprise here! Guatemala has never acted in Good Faith.

  6. Storm says:

    I think since (1) the claim is Guatemala’s, and (2) Guatemala has abandoned the process to have the claim heard at the ICJ, then we should argue that (3) they have abandoned the claim itself.

    NOW LET’S CALL OUR AMBASSADOR BACK, AND SEND THE GUAT AMBASSADOR HOME. There’s no sense trying to be diplomatic with a bad neighbor that wants to devour you!

  7. Genotu Rembiuos says:


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