• Paco Smith | Chairman | BPP

NO TO ICJ: PUDP Culpability

By: Paco Smith

It is not Sedi who allowed this to happen. We must understand that Sedi is doing the bidding of his government. That government is lead by the Head of its administration, who is the Prime Minister.


I point this out because it is essential to ensure that culpability involving this existential matter is appropriately assigned. The FM is the all-too-willing spokesperson aka "fall guy", for the ill-conceived, FAILED, bi-partisan "4A Policy" of: APPEASEMENT, ACQUIESCENCE, ADHERENCE and ACCOMMODATION to Guatemala's every whim. Note that I include Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the fold of those who are culpable because this debacle started with the bi-partisan support that led to the misguided signing of the Special Agreement/Compromis in December 2008. This is key because there are elements in the Opposition who are saying a conditional "no" to the ICJ, the condition which simply says "no...while Sedi and the UDP are in power". Beyond that the majority of those saying "no" from the Opposition, see nothing wrong with the inequitable parameters set in the Compromis. Hence if government were to change tomorrow, they would seemingly be more than willing to take over the myopic and flawed effort to have Belizeans vote "yes" to the referendum. I higihglight this for the sake of context because #1 Belizeans must not forget that the genesis of this most unfortunate situation facing our nation is derived from a bi-partisan effort, that was put into effect by the signing of the Special Agreement/Compromis, #2 The FM can be removed at any time by the PM, but it is clear the PM sees noting wrong with all the foolishness he has and continues to do, #3 A change in administration to the PUP would see no substantive change to this failed policy and this is buttressed by the fact that over the past nine-plus years of mis-steps by the government, the Opposition has been at best, tacit, in its attempts to positively impact the issue, for the betterment of our nation. I am convinced that some will say that I am trying to politicise this matter, but nothing could be further from the truth. I believe it is imperative that Belizeans understand several things concerning this matter of national importance. Initiailly they must be aware of the history and very importnatly the context, as it relates to why we are where we are as a nation, concerning this issue. In addition, a clear recognition of the priniciples involved must be ascertained. Accordingly, an equally lucid (not nuanced) recognition of the roles played by those principles, and their actions or lack thereof, is critical. This leads into understanding the dynamics which are at play, as it relates to accountability and ultimately culpability. As a result, once these truths are: identiifed, recognised and accepted, it brings into clearer focus, who is responsible for the untneable situation in which our nation currently stands, as it relates to the Anglo-Guatemalan Territorial Dispute. Once these elements are estalbished, it is my hope that our people understand that no past judgmnet of the court nor any legal opinion (many of which are outdated, due to the ever-evolving nature of the situation) shall negate the fact that under the current parameters as set by the Special Agreement/Compromis, the risk for Belize by agreeing to take the matter to the ICJ, is far too high. Fundamentally, this is the brass tacks of the matter. 8867 Today. 8867 Tomorrow. 8867 Forever Belize, Sovereign and Free - NO ICJ!

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