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PUP Questions Statements Made By Foreign Minister at the UN

The People’s United Party sent out a release this evening regarding statements made by Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington, at the United Nations General Assembly.  That release, stated, in part, quote, “In his speech, Foreign Minister Elrington said that Belize had “signed a Protocol to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime claim to the International Court of Justice.” At no point during his speech, did Elrington ever say that there must first be referenda in Belize and Guatemala, in order to approve any such submission.  As stated in a Resolution passed on July 4th, 2015, the People’s United Party is convinced that for the territorial integrity and the security of Belize, we can no longer place our trust, permit or allow the current United Democratic Party administration to continue to deal with and manage the territorial differendum with Guatemala in the present reckless and high-handed manner without any consultation with or input from Belizeans. Because of this, the PUP reiterates that it will not agree to the holding of a Referendum in Belize in order to ask Belizeans if they support the taking of the matter of the unfounded Guatemalan Claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice; and that the PUP will continue to work and internationalize the position of Belize to the unfounded and unjust Guatemalan claim to Belize and to ensure that we continue to safeguard all of the rights of Belize to all of its sovereign territory, and all insular and maritime areas and preserve them intact.