The leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, had expressed support for taking Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ, but after touring the country in an effort to get feedback from his party supporters on the matter, seemingly Briceno has had a change of heart. Today, he told the media that he is wrapping up his listening tour.
John Briceno – Leader of the Opposition: “Today I am going to be in Cayo South Belmopan and on Friday I am going to be in San Pedro and that will wrap up the entire tour that I have been on and so far wherever I go I think people have been expressing great concern about the referendum and their concerns are different and varying degrees of no. Some are saying out right now they don’t believe we should go to ICJ but a lot more people are saying you know we don’t have much information, we don’t’ think we are ready to hold a referendum and because of that they believe that the Government should change the date and if they don’t change the date they believe they should vote no on the 10th of April.”
The media also asked the Leader of the Opposition to comment on last week’s event, where the Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was able to get four Former Foreign Ministers Assad Shoman, Godfrey Smith, Lisa Shoman and Said Musa, who served under past PUP administrations, to sign a declaration in support of taking Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize to the ICJ.
Leader of the Opposition John Bricenio:” I think what is more important is to point out and they quickly mentioned that they are not speaking on behalf of the People’s United Party and that they are speaking as private citizens and former Foreign Ministers and that is their right to do so and that has clearly been articulated over and over. They were there as private citizens and not as the party. The party speaks with one voice and the press release that we gave out last week was just a preview as to what is going to come. I expect to wrap up the listening tour this week and next week I will meet with the almost 31 standard Bearers and then we go to the National Executive for a declaration and then after that we will have a National Party Council.”
Briceno calls the event a ‘publicity stunt’ by the Barrow’s administration and refuted claims that it has created division within his party