On Sunday September 21st Belize will be celebrating 33 years of sovereignty obtained in 1981. Back then the Union Jack was lowered at the stroke of midnight and the Belizean Flag for the first time flew proudly in the air. Belize had obtained its Independence without fighting a war. The country’s liberation was secured by the Father of the Nation the Right Honorable George Cadle. Of course there were others who were instrumental in the movement towards self-government but the man would later become known as the Father of the Nation was at the helms holding the reins very step of the way. And just as how he was able to talk his way into obtaining our Independence, George Cadle Price faced the foreign press after his fight against colonialism ended.

 

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“Are you using British Military presence because you can’t get the United States?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“Well, up to now, it has been the responsibility of the British to maintain a presence here and they have done so and will remain after Independence for an appropriate time.”


Journalist


“Would you expect the United States to help you militarily?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“We would like them, if there is a need.”


Journalist


“Since at the moment you depend on the British for your external security and a lot for your internal security; how independent do you think you are?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“Very independent; because we respect each other and they are not to interfere in our internal matters, yes, next.”

 

Journalist


“Mr. Price, do you see yourself as a Christian Democrat or a Social Democrat?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“I consider myself a Belizean and I consider myself going along in the via media. I try to be friend; the mixed economy, the public and the private. I would say that the fight against colonialism has ended and the British have done very honorably by carrying out the process of decolonization under the chart of the United Nations and for that we thank them.”


Journalist

 

“Who will be handling your external affairs, after independence?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“We; we’ll be handling it; the Government of Belize.”


Journalist


“Is there anybody specifically that you want to involve?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“Yes, but it’s in here; it’s not coming out here. It’s impetro as the Cardinals of Rome used to say. It’s in here. We haven’t given it out as yet. Yes.”


Journalist


“Now under what sort of economic conditions is the British leaving Belize; one sees unpaved roads; one sees open sewers; one sees housing problems. I’m just wondering what your feeling is. What sort of state does Britain have your country in?”


George Price, Premier of Belize


“Well, it’s not as developed as we would like it. I think we must be realists and must accept that perhaps much more could’ve been done but we ourselves have said much has been done but much more has yet to be done and we feel that with the state of independence we can do the much more that is yet to be done.”

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