PUP calls out Elrington; Again

And while Belize has not yet set a date for its referendum on the Belize Guatemala dispute,  Belizean Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington finds himself being criticized once again. The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release today demanding that Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington withdraw statements he made to the media about Guatemala and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In an interview with Channel 5, Elrington said that Guatemala would have to go to referendum to adopt any decision made by the ICJ. The PUP says that Elrington is contradicting himself and needs to correct his erroneous statement since in previous interviews, Elrington had said that  Article 5 of the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala states that both countries shall accept the court’s decision as final and binding.  The PUP is also requesting an explanation on Belize’s position on the usage of the Sarstoon River, noting that a group of Belizeans were denied access to the Sarstoon over the weekend by Guatemalan Armed Forces, yet Guatemalan fishermen continue to illegally fish in Belizean waters unimpeded. The PUP say, and we quote, “…we demand that the position in the Sarstoon and the southern waters of Belize be regularized by the re-establishment and enforcement of Belizean sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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