PUP says no to ICJ

The original date for the referendum on settling the unfounded Guatemalan claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, has come and gone and the Referendum Commission practically moribund. At the time of the launch of the referendum campaign the People’s United Party (PUP) refused to take a public position pending internal consultations. While there is still a formal position paper to be written, the party says it will accept a referendum on the issue but will ask its supporters to say no. Part of the PUP’s misgivings, according to former Foreign Affairs Minister and party advisor Eamon Courtenay, is that the party – and in their view, Belizeans – have no confidence in Attorney General and current Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington. Courtenay also argues that Belize should extract certain promises from Guatemala, who has a track record of not following through on its commitments where Belize is concerned. 

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