PUP announces its non-participation in Special Agreement Meeting
Thursday, May 21st, 2015. BMG: Honorable Francis Fonseca and the People’s United Party has decided that they will not be attending the meeting between Guatemala and Belize’s Foreign Ministers to amend the Special Agreement, which is scheduled to be held on May 25th in Guatemala City.
Fonseca, the PUP’s leader, has decided that the party will have absolutely no participation in anything regarding the amendment of this agreement because of the way the government has handled the matter.
In the PUP Secretariat’s release it stated, that “The PUP has always played an active role in discussions and negotiations regarding the Belize-Guatemala differendum but because the PUP nor Belizeans were fully informed about the decision to sign an amendment to the Compromis, Fonseca decided to wash his hands clean of the issue:, end quote.
The release continued citing that the only explanation given to the leader of the opposition was that the President of Guatemala requested the amendment to cut costs before their elections later this year.
The Prime Minister then stated that Minister Elrington would be further discussing the matter and that a proper statement would be prepared and given to the opposition and then to Belizeans but that never happened.
No real explanation has been given to Belizeans for agreeing to the request of Guatemala, except what Minister Elrington said about the Guatemalans thinking it would be convenient because of cost considerations.
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