By Aaron Humes: Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Eamon Courtenay has suggested that Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow’s recent response to Prime Minister John Briceño’s remarks at the Summit of the Americas betray a mentality akin to that of the Cold War, and that Belize does not judge its regional partners for their domestic issues.
The Prime Minister had directly addressed U.S. President Joe Biden on the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, saying that their input in Los Angeles was sorely missed.
Barrow had responded that these nations are “dictatorships” and that Belize should be speaking up on behalf of democratic systems and principles.
According to the Foreign Minister, however, both Cuba and Venezuela have been the subject of bilateral talks with Washington in recent weeks, and effectively, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
The Prime Minister added that his remarks were primarily made as chairman of CARICOM, but also as leader of Belize and in support of the long-standing ties each country has had with us.