STATEMENT BY THE PEOPLE’S UNITED PARTY PARTY LEADER ON THE ICJ

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Belize City, Tuesday, 8th January 2019 –

Belize City, Tuesday, 8th January 2019 –

After several months of meeting and consulting with leaders and supporters of the People’s United Party, it is obvious that a majority of the Party’s supporters, for various reasons, are not in favour of submitting the unfounded claim of Belizean territory by Guatemala to the ICJ for final adjudication.

While I am soon to complete my listening tour, I am sufficiently convinced that an overwhelming majority of our Party members and supporters are going to say NO and as the leader of a mass party that makes decisions in a democratic way, I have an obligation to accept the views of the majority. I am certain that in the final analysis, our Party will say NO to the ICJ.

I am made to understand that some previous Foreign Ministers who served under different PUP administrations will be signing a document, along with the Government of Belize, that will be advocating – yes to the ICJ. I want to make it abundantly clear that these persons do not speak for the People’s United Party on this issue.

In the coming weeks, the Party will complete the process of consultation and will formally announce to the nation its full and final decision.

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