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BPP condemns GOB and Opposition for Independence Day speeches

Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2017. 10:12 am CST.

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By BBN Staff: The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has condemned the Independence Day speeches of both Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Opposition Leader John Briceño for the way they addressed Guatemala’s continued aggression in the Sarstoon.

Both presentations came days after the Belize Territorial Volunteers got harassed by Guatemalan military personnel; however, neither the PM nor the Leader of the Opposition made any statements regarding the matter. The BPP said that both presentations were “devoid” of true and honest explanations into the issue of Belizeans being aggressed within Belizean territory.

“Instead of using the Independence Day ceremony to highlight and further internationalize such continued aggression by the Guatemalans, both Mr. Barrow and Mr. Briceño’s presentations were glaringly lacking.”

The BPP also accused both parties of their mutually intentionally avoiding the requirements under the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA), to declare their finances, as well as imposing requisite fines for those who fail to do so.

The party said that both parties have avoided their individual and collective responsibilities under the Act, because both parties have facilitated and benefited from “unprecedented levels of corruption.”

The Belize Progressive Party has been vocal against Belize’s foreign policy with regards to the Guatemalan territorial dispute for three years, repeatedly calling for the removal of Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, and vehemently opposing the proposal of submitting the dispute to the International Court of Justice.

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