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Belize Cabinet clarifies position on Nicaragua unrest

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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2021. 5:45 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: According to this week’s Cabinet brief, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Immigration, Senator Eamon Courtenay, has told his colleagues of recent actions taken by the Government of Nicaragua against important opposition leaders and Belize’s stance on the issue.

Specifically, Belize has issued a statement along with Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Spain, reminding the Government of Nicaragua that actions against important opposition leaders threaten the free exercise of democracy.

Belize was one of five countries abstaining on a resolution by the Organization of American States (OAS) condemning the actions of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who is seen as trying to remove his various rivals for a fourth term as President in elections to be held later this year.

U.S. charge d’affaires in Belmopan Keith Gilges publicly tweeted his disappointment with the vote but expressed hope that Belize would put pressure on Nicaragua to turn around on the decision to go after political rivals and others, including the press.

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