Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019. 1:16 pm CST.
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By Delroy Cuthkelvin: For the Nation of Belize there could NOT have been a more auspicious start to the New Year (2019) which promised to be one of the most divisive since our attainment of independence almost 38 years ago.
Whatever the outcome of the ICJ referendum exactly three months from today, yesterday’s event was a proud moment for our country, when prominent political leaders who have been lifetime rivals and worlds apart on so many issues, could at least for one day put aside partisan differences for a cause much greater than all of us and our parties, indeed, for the sake of the nation.
As the late Father of the Nation, George Price, was fond of saying, we must always have a sense of the occasion. Were he still around, this particular occasion and the aura attending it would have made him particularly proud.
Without debating the merits or otherwise of the arguments for their declaration in favor of a “yes” vote to the ICJ, we must acknowledge that the outstanding display of maturity by the five former Ministers of Foreign Affairs was exemplary and fitting for the occasion; and the example set is one that the rest of us would do well to emulate, regardless of our persuasion, political or otherwise, as this demonstrably divisive debate rages on.
This is not to say there’s no longer room nor reason for disagreement on this or any other issue going forward. And for sure there will be. But, for what it’s worth, let’s savor this moment as, if nothing else, it serves to remind us that we are one nation and one people under one flag, and that, no matter how stark our differences or how irreconcilable our disagreements, we cannot hate each other more than we all love Belize.
As we enter this critical phase of the historic exercise towards that most momentous decision on April 10, let this be our guiding principle as Belizeans, now and forevermore!
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