Prime Minister Addresses Definitive Agreement and Media Reports
Prime Minister John Briceno also spoke on the Definitive Agreement and the Portico situation. He noted that this would be the last he will speak on this matter as he has realized that certain media houses may have a vested interest in reporting against the Portico Project. He noted that he has provided a full explanation of how the Definitive Agreement was handled, and added that it is unfortunate how media reports have been misconstruing the matter.
Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “How can you try to cloud the issue as if we had anything to do with this? This was brought to us, once it come to us, as I said, our policy in our government that everything goes to cabinet. And we took it to cabinet, and yes, we had to put in a decision issued by the reason cabinet decided to accept it then it goes to the National Assembly. But in 15 minutes I said, you know, we’re not going to proceed with the UDP definitive agreement. We have to do something different. And I asked Anthony and I asked Chris meet with these people, Portico and Boskalis and Royal Caribbean and we are going to have a different agreement and that’s exactly what we’re doing. I even went to the House and I tore up the UDP definitive agreement and said see I’m tearing it, it’s of no use to us. We need to understand who are the real owners of Channel 7 and so there’s a conflict and so obviously it’s in the interest of the owners of Channel 7, the majority shareholders that Portico doesn’t follow through because they have invested elsewhere. And I think that journalists with some form of ethics would not touch that because there’s a conflict. So they should stay away from that. But like the Leader of the Opposition singing for, well, rapping for a supper, well, that’s exactly what is happening there. But that is finished and we’re moving on and we’re working on something that is going to be in the best interest of Belize and transparent and to be able to show it to everybody what we are doing.”