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Former Foreign Affairs Minister to current Minister: Shut up!

Wilfred Elrington

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017. 11:01 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The current and former ministers of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and Eamon Courtenay, have publicly disagreed on whether or not Belize’s borders are internationally recognized.

Current Foreign Affairs minister Elrington believes Belize’s borders not recognized internationally. Courtenay, however, believes the borders are indeed recognized.

According to Elrington, “…because Guatemala is the only one that does not recognize it [Belize], we are not deemed to be internationally recognized…,” then expounding “…the borders are not deemed to be internationally recognized, because one country, our neighbor, does not recognize it.”

Courtenay, however, during in an interview on Channel 5’s Open Your Eyes morning show disagreed with Elrington’s statements, calling them a disgrace and saying the Prime Minister should tell Elrington to shut up for being wrong as a matter of fact and law.

Courtenay pointed to multiple United Nations’ (UN) resolutions referring to “all the territory” and to the “territorial integrity” of Belize within borders inviolable and intact as recognition of our borders. Guatemala was the only country that voted against admitting Belize to membership in the United Nations, however, Belize was indeed admitted to membership in the UN in 1981, having acceded to statehood on September 21 that year.

Courtenay concluded that in light of all that, the international community does recognize the state of Belize as comprising the whole of the land and territory which Belize maintains that its borders encompass.

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