Posted; Friday, March 2, 2018. 4;18 p.m.CST.
By BBN Staff: Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, says that the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) owes an apology to the nation of Tuvalu, for comments made in a press release earlier this week.
The NTUCB’s release addressed the delay in the country assessment, which is a part of Belize’s implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The NTUCB condemned the delay and the fact that Tuvalu was one of the two countries doing the assessment.
“How can a small state of 10 square miles with a population of 11,000 inhabitants and no history of political parties conduct an effective and independent assessment of Belize’s compliance with the provisions of the UNCAC?” the NTUCB questioned in its release.
Peyrefitte explained that the delay was beyond anyone’s control and should not have been interpreted as any form of disrespect to the nation, as the NTUCB had framed it. He also pointed out that neither himself nor GOB share the view that Tuvalu’s size makes the country ill-equipped to carry out the assessment.
“It is out of order and rude to claim that simply because it has a certain size or population that somehow that is not a place that is worth to be a country. The NTUCB will have to own that comment on their own… the NTUCB in my view owes the people of Tuvalu an apology,” Peyrefitte said.
The delay happened because the contingent from Tuvalu could not get their visas and tickets in time to come to Belize. Peyrefitte stressed that GOB is equally disappointed because all parties involved had to adjust their schedules to accommodate the agreed upon time.
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