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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018. 9:19 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The government of Belize and the Opposition, People’s United Party have congratulated Guatemala on recently holding its national referendum. By now it is known that GOB’s position is pro International Court of Justice (ICJ), but what is the PUP’s position?

PUP Party Leader, John Briceno in an interview with Love FM this week, informed that he is personally in favor of the dispute going to the ICJ. “ We want to congratulate both the government and the people of Guatemala. I can see that the international community encouraging Belize to hold the referendum and obviously if you hold the referendum than most people would want then for this to be settled peacefully and it can only be settled peacefully via the ICJ. So I can see the international community encouraging us to be able to have the referendum,” he said.

However, Briceno also stated that the party is yet to make an official decision and listed out some reasons why they have not yet decided on their stance.

Among the reasons, Briceno says that in the PUP, there are a number of people for and against going to the ICJ and said all views and concerns must be addressed first.

Briceno added that GOB seems to “not have any plan” after Guatemala voted yes in Sunday’s national referendum.

“What is our government doing in putting pressure on Guatemala to sign a protocol for the management or the use of the Sarstoon River? What is our government doing with Guatemala to ensure that we can have the OAS officer opened on the Western border?” Briceno questioned.

According to Briceno, the party believes that an educational campaign must be launched and that before Belize conducts a national referendum,  re-registration must be done to purge the voters lists.

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