Guatemala to Belize – Change your Constitution or… 1


Why do we allow ourselves to be told what to do. We keep playing Guatemala’s games which is why they keep doing to us.

 

Otto Pérez limita a febrero plazo sobre consulta popular

Dos días después de que se diera a conocer la estrategia de Belice sobre la consulta popular prevista para el 6 de octubre de este año, el presidente Otto Pérez Molina dijo ayer que si ese país no restablece su legislación sobre la cantidad de votantes registrados que deben participar en el referendo, para que sea válido, Guatemala pondrá una reserva sobre su participación, comentario que se interpretó como condición.

“Esta consulta necesita muchos preparativos, así que un tiempo prudencial estaría todo el mes de febrero para saber que efectivamente hay un cambio”, declaró el mandatario en una videoconferencia desde Suiza.

Si no ocurre, “tendríamos que presentar una reserva, en la cual la participación de nosotros estaría dándose si hay un cambio en las reglas que hoy tiene Belice. De lo contrario, sería entrar a una consulta que sabemos de antemano que se va a perder”, expresó el gobernante.

Debido a ese plazo, Pérez Molina calificó febrero como un “mes crítico” para lograr definir esta situación y saber si Guatemala presenta una reserva que tendría “argumentos sólidos” y todo el “entendimiento” de la comunidad internacional.

Reuniones claves

Mañana, en Santiago de Chile, el canciller Fernando Carrera y su homólogo de Belice, Wilfred Elrington, dialogarán con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza, y luego este hablará con Pérez Molina y con Carrera. La intención de las citas es definir el camino y convencer a Belice de que enmiende su legislación sobre el referendo lo antes posible.

“Si no hay cambio, estaríamos prácticamente en una ruta donde se va a perder la consulta. A nosotros no nos interesa como guatemaltecos, no es una cuestión de dinero, pero no nos interesa tampoco gastarnos Q260 millones en una ruta donde sabemos que prácticamente se va a perder”, enfatizó el gobernante.

Pérez Molina le informó al secretario general de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Ban Ki-moon, sobre el cambio que hizo Belice y sus posibles repercusiones.

“Me preguntó—Ban— cómo íbamos avanzando, ya que la ONU estaba interesada en que se encuentre un diálogo. Le conté, y él nos mostró su preocupación”, indicó el presidente.

En agosto del 2008, cuatro meses antes de que ambos Estados firmaran el acuerdo para que la Corte Internacional de Justicia dilucidara el añejo diferendo territorial, previa consulta popular, Belice cambió su Ley de Referéndum y subió de cero a 60 por ciento la participación de la ciudadanía registrada para votar, para que el proceso tenga validez.

Campaña/Darrow

Belice lanzó el miércoles su campaña de educación por la consulta del 6 de octubre. Medios de comunicación de ese país reportaron que, durante el acto, representantes de distintos sectores, como alcaldes, iglesias y de la comisión del referendo instaron a acudir a las urnas y votar.

En el lanzamiento, el primer ministro, Dean Barrow, expuso que votará por el Sí, e indicó: “Pero fuertemente no insto a que me sigan”.

El jefe del Ejecutivo beliceño aseguró que el Gabinete también apoya de manera formal un voto por el Sí, “pero los miembros individuales están en la libertad de no votar así”. Esta situación generó dudas sobre el mensaje que el Gobierno dará a sus ciudadanos.

Carrera advirtió desde Suiza: “Si no tenemos reglas iguales en ambos lados de la frontera, el mensaje va a ser confuso, tanto para cada uno de sus pueblos como para la comunidad internacional”.

Translated

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Otto Pérez sets February as term limit for referendum

Two days after Belize’s strategy on the referendum scheduled for 6 October this year was unveiled, President Otto Perez Molina said yesterday that if the country does not reset its legislation on the number of registered voters that must participate in the referendum for it to be valid, Guatemala put a reserve on it’s participation, the comment was interpreted as a condition.

“This query requires a lot of preparation, so a reasonable time would be around February to find out that there is indeed a change,” the president said in a videoconference from Switzerland.

If not, “we would have to make a reservation, in which the participation of us would be occurring if there is a change in the rules has now Belize. Otherwise, you would enter a query that we know in advance that you will lose, “said the ruling.

Since that time, Perez Molina in February described as a “critical month” to achieve this and define whether Guatemala has a reserve that would have “strong case” and all the “understanding” of the international community.

Key Meetings

Tomorrow, in Santiago de Chile, Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera and his counterpart of Belize, Wilfred Elrington exchange with the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, then this talk with Perez Molina and Carrera. The purpose of dating is to define the way and convince Belize to amend its legislation on the referendum as soon as possible.

“Without change, we would be almost on a route where you will lose the query. We are not interested as Guatemalans, not a matter of money, but we do not care either Q260 million toil away on a route where we know they will lose virtually “stressed the president.

Perez Molina told the secretary general of the United Nations Organization (UN), Ban Ki-moon on the changes made and their potential impact Belize.

“I wonder how we progressed Ban as UN was interested in a dialogue that is. I told him, and he showed us his concern, “said the president.

In August 2008, four months before the two countries signed the agreement for the International Court of Justice elucidate the old territorial dispute, popular consultation, Belize changed its Referendum Law and rose from zero to 60 percent participation citizens registered to vote, for the process to be valid.

Campaign / Darrow

Belize on Wednesday launched its education campaign by the query Oct. 6. Media reported that country, during the ceremony, representatives from different sectors, such as mayors, churches and the referendum commission urged to go to the polls and vote.

At launch, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, said that the Yes vote, and said: “But I strongly urge you not to follow me.”

The Chief Executive said the Belizean Cabinet also formally supports a vote for Yes, “but individual members are free to vote no as well.” This raised questions about the message that the Government will give its citizens.

Race from Switzerland said: “If we do not have the same rules on both sides of the border, the message will be confusing, both for each of their people and to the international community.”

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One thought on “Guatemala to Belize – Change your Constitution or…

  • Paco Smith.

    Guatemala continues to hold true to form.

    This is proof positive as to why Belize should not have even entertained the OAS driven move to consider going to the ICJ.

    Oh yeah, so as to not completely neglect what is most likely a fundamental, motivating factor, let’s not forget that for many within the “inner-circles” of the PUDP who staunchly advocate going to the ICJ, there is that oft overlooked fact that in so doing, funds up to the tune of US$15 million will become available.

    Let’s be real, we’re talking millions of dollars, at the disposal of the PUDP. We need only reflect on our recent political and electoral history to deduce that the two aforementioned elements are a recipe for: mismanagement, secret arrangements, a lack of accountability, the fulfilling of self-interests (above all else) and the list goes on and on.

    Simply put, their track record speaks for itself, when it comes to such matters. Therefore, I pose the question…”What make one think that this will prove any different?” A fundamental rule of thumb…Is it wise to allow the rat to mind the cheese?

    Think about it…

    Belize, Sovereign and Free – NO ICJ!