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Activists condemn Foreign Minister’s remarks of persons opposed to government’s “yes” Campaign on going to the ICJ

The leaders of the “No to the ICJ Movement” have expressed their “strong condemnation” of the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ statements on those opposing a yes vote on taking the Guatemalan Claim over Belize territory to the International Court of Justice. Last week, in an interview with the media, Minister Wilfred Elrington remarked that anyone opposed to a yes vote was “crazy”. In a release issued, the group called the statement “insulting and disparaging”. The group goes on to state that they view this as quote, “the continued attempt by him and GOB to intimidate us by flaunting international pressure against our people to voting yes, we consider to be egregious and acts of subterfuge!” end of quote. However, the group says it remains committed to its “no” campaign. Another issue it addressed and condemned was the Foreign Minister’s suggestion that members of the Belizean Diaspora could register without fear of having to prove residency for two months. The group states that the suggestion validates their argument quote, “that the Re-registration process is ripe for potential fraud,” end of quote. The Movement has written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow requesting an audience to address these matters.