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Majority of PUP supporters say ‘NO’ to the ICJ

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 5:23 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The People’s United Party(PUP) today issued a statement informing the public that after several months of meeting and consulting with leaders and supporters of the PUP, the majority of supporters are not in favor of taking Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

PUP Leader John Briceno says that as leader of the PUP, he is obligated to accept the views of the majority.

“I am sufficiently convinced that an overwhelming majority of our Party members and supporters are going to say NO and as the leader of a mass party that makes decisions in a democratic way, I have an obligation to accept the views of the majority. I am certain that in the final analysis, our Party will say NO to the ICJ,” Briceno explained.

He also notified supporters and the public that some previous Foreign Ministers who served under different PUP administrations will be signing a document, along with the Government of Belize, that will be advocating – ‘yes’ to the ICJ.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that these persons do not speak for the People’s United Party on this issue,” Briceno asserted.

 In the coming weeks, the PUP will complete the process of consultation and will formally announce to the nation its full and final decision.


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