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Belize Territorial Volunteers calls on Opposition to make a formal stance on ICJ

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018. 11:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) yesterday issued a statement acknowledging the confirmation of the Peoples United Party (PUP) Southern Caucus stance against taking Guatemala’s long-standing claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The PUP’s southern caucus made public their resolution via the media on Tuesday.

The BTV welcomes this bold and courageous move by the Southern Caucus of the PUP and in particular elected Representatives of the National Assembly- Rodwell Ferguson, Mike Espat and Oscar Requena along with the newly elected Standard Bearer Dr. Louis Zabaneh.

The BTV says that since the surrender of the Sarstoon River to Guatemala in May 2015, the Belize Government and the official Opposition Party have abdicated their responsibilities on this matter.

“They have conducted themselves as if they are not answerable or accountable to Belizeans for this loss of national territory,” the statement says.

The BTV states that the government has no intention to carry out an impartial, fact-based public education program on the ICJ.

Therefore, they are puzzled and disappointed with the conduct and continued silence of the Opposition on such a central and critical national issue.

The decision of the PUP Southern Caucus whose meeting was attended by the Party’s Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde has important implications.

The BTV also calls on the Opposition to break its silence and clear the air on where it stands on the ICJ issue.

“Nothing is more dangerous to our young democracy than a silent and invisible Opposition whose elected leaders are paid by public funds to present alternatives to failed and flawed government policies,” the statement ends.

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