Opposition Leader says PUP’s NO vote in ICJ referendum highly likely

By on January 8, 2019

John Briceno
{Leader, People’s United Party]

Belize City, BELIZE. Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Leader of the People’s United Party, John Briceno says the PUP “will say NO to the ICJ” in the pending referendum on April 10.

That is when Belizeans will get to decide whether or not to submit Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final resolution.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, PUP leader Briceno said that after widespread consultations with supporters “it is obvious that a majority of the Party’s supporters, for various reasons, are not in favour of submitting the unfounded claim of Belizean territory by Guatemala to the ICJ for final adjudication.”

As a result, Briceno says that he is “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.”

In the same press release, the PUP leader notes that it is his understanding that persons who served previous as Minister of Foreign Affairs under PUP administrations are poised to sign on to a document with the Government in a bid to advance the “YES” vote.

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

Briceno closes the press release by saying that the party will complete its nationwide consultation process in the coming weeks and at that time the PUP will be announcing its full and final decision on the ICJ matter as it relates to the April 10 referendum.

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