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PRESS RELEASE | "BPP VEHEMENTLY PROTESTS OAS RESOLUTION"


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Belmopan | June 16th, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

"BPP VEHEMENTLY PROTESTS OAS RESOLUTION"

Your Belize Progressive Party (BPP), expresses its vehement condemnation of the recent, draft declaration on the resolution passed by the OAS at its 46th Regular Assembly, held in the Dominican Republic. The resolution, which speaks to the commitment of Belize and Guatemala to have the matter of the territorial, insular and maritime dispute to be taken to the ICJ, reeks of intentional meddling by the OAS in an attempt to influence the process leading to the referendum in Belize. We contend such interference is entirely unacceptable, by any standard, particularly involving an hemispheric organisation such as the OAS which must respect the sovereignty and governance processes of individual member states. The BPP is also incensed at the fact that such pronouncements have been made, in the face of Guatemala making demands that Belize’s Referendum Act be changed, to better suit their intent to obtain a “yes” vote on the referendum. Needless to say, the incompetent representation of Belize in this regard, remains consistent in its FAILED “4A Policy” of: APPEASEMENT, ACQUIESCENCE, ACCOMMODATION and ADHERENCE, which continues to lead Belize down a perilous path, warrants special condemnation for its treasonous actions. Your Belize Progressive Party holds these positions, especially because amid Guatemala’s illegal annexation of Belize’s portion of the Sarstoon River, Foreign Minister Elrington persists in his refusal to table this breach of the peace at international fora. Insofar as we are concerned, this is proof positive of the GOB’s being compromised on this matter of national significance. It is in this regard, your Belize Progressive Party, sternly rebukes the lacklustre and impotent representation by the GOB, on our nation’s behalf. We also admonish the OAS for its troubling stance of seeking to direct matters of governance, internal to Belize.

With this the BPP reiterates its position that the GOB’s current approach to addressing Guatemala’s intransigence via Chapter VI Article 33(1) of the UN Charter, is wrong and is exacerbated by the fact that the Special Agreement/Compromis to which Belize signed in 2008, places Belize at a distinct disadvantage. In such regard, the alternative approach the BPP has articulated toward effectively addressing this pressing matter to the UN Security Council, under Chapter VII Article 39, is the most appropriate route, particularly given the recent annexation and current occupation of the Sarstoon River by Guatemala, which constitutes a threat to the peace and an outright act of aggression.

8867 Today 8867 Tomorrow 8867 Forever Belize, Sovereign and Free - NO ICJ!

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