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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
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No. 37 ********** Up to 12th September, 1966.


"A notable triumph of good humour, goodwill and restraint over
the forces of reaction and discord."

This is the way observers have been-describing the fifteen day
National Day,Celebrations which came to an end on September 10th with
mammoth parades, dancing in the streets and a spirit of uninhibited
revelry which prevailed throughout Belize.

The Premier..... "We Must Be Truly Sovereign"

The National Day programme got underway early in the morning
with the sounding of the siren at 6:00 a.m.

Despite heavy showers accompanied by thunder and lightning
which, earlier, threatened to mar the gala events, the cheering, shout-
ing throng which flocked to Memorial Park to witness the judging of
floats and to hear the traditional policy address by the Premier and
the Governor's reply, set the mood for the rest of the day's activities.

In a sober address delivered in level, sincere tones, the Pre-
mier once again underscored his government's rejection of any status
short of sovereign independence for Belize.
Sir John Paul..... Forthright And Frank

The Governor Sir John Paul, was repeatedly interrupted with
thunderous applause as he too, appealed for an honest attempt to
achieve a national consensus on matters affecting the progress and c
cohesion of this emerging nation.

At the beginning of his address, Sir John promised to deal
frankly with the issues which confront the country at this time. He
did just this.

In a crisp, forthright address, Sir John spoke out against
forces which promote discord, sedition and strife.

Look To The Future

He advised that we look to the future and predicted that those
who follow this path with patience and determination will triumph in
the end.

(The full text of the addresses by Premier George Price and His
Excellency, Sir John Paul are reproduced as an appendix to this issue
of the Newsletter.)


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There has been all round praise for the manner in which the -'
Police force functioned throughout the day, preventing incidents of any
kind, helping to maintain an easy flow of both pedestrian and vehicular
traffic, and by. ieir very demeanour, imparting an atmosphere of calm
and security. /

Other highlights of the day included installation of Miss Inde-
pendence 1966-1967 (Miss Lourdes Awe) and gigantic parades through the
principal streets of Belize City. One was sponsored by the National Day
Celebrations Committee and another by the Loyal and Patriotic Order of
the Baymen.

The customary School Children's parade was held in the afternoon.

Inspite of wet, unfavourable conditions at the M.C.C. grounds, a
number of sporting events were staged before an excited audience.

In Punta Gorda, celebrations were heralded by the siren at 6:00
a.m. Later, the Honourable Charles Martinez read the National Day ca.-.
address to which the District Officer replied. Parades and sporting
events were held in the afternoon.

In Stann Creek Town the Honourable Allan Arthurs read the
National Day address. Miss Stann Creek 1966 was installed. The Mayor,
Mr C.P. Nolberto delivered the closing remarks.

Following the celebrations a great calm prevailed throughout
the country. Said one commentator:

"It is as though the entire population is exhausted following ':
the unprecedented scope and high spirits of this year's Natibnal Day

Theme of the celebrations this year was: "Belize UNITED,

To Maintain Discipline

On the eve of National Day the Acting Commissioner of police
issued a press and radio release giving details of the routes of the two

Conditions laid down in the permits for both organizations
sponsoring parades were that the organizers shall bind themselves in
the sum of $250.00 for the good behaviour of all persons taking part in
the respective parades; that each parade abide by the directions of the
Senior Police Officer leading the parade on all matters concerning the
progress of the parade and that sufficient marshall were to be appoint-

It was the duty of marshals to maintain order among all persons
taking part in the parade; to ensure that no persons under the influence
of alcohol were permitted to join, or take part in the parade and to en-
sure that the parades move as one entity and not as senerate groups.

No offensive weapons of any kind whatsoever were to be carried
by any person taking part in either parade.

Good Wishes From Abroad

Among the messages of congratulations and goodwill received from
abroad was one from Reverend W.H. Fairweather, a Belizean Anglican
priest who resides in Barbados.

Reverend Fairweather cabled: "Greetings Premier, Government and
people of Belize on the occasion of National Day. May next big celebra-
tion be that of Belize independent, sovereign country".

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Sir AlanrBurns, a formeriovernorr,-also -sent greetings.


In the floats competition first prize for Government floats went
to the Department of Agriculture for their "From Rags to Riches with
Agriculture". The Medical Department came second with "Belizean Nurses'l
In the industrial section "Belizean Rum" by Travellers received first
prize. Second prize was captured by the lobster industry.

"Belizeans at Work", Drays section, came first followed by
"Plant Ten Thousand Trees" by Mohammed Ali.

This is the advice of the Beautification sub committee of the
Tourist Board in its nation-wide Beautification Campaign.

In the Bicycle section first prize was won by "Heading For Inde-

The special prize for effort and presentation was awarded to
"CARNATION", presented by the firm of James Brodie agents for Carna-
tion Milk in this country.


Alfonso Richards and Raymond Budd in the male division and Mrs
Rita Budd and Janice McGregor in the female division were winners and
runners up, respectively in the Voice of Belize Contest.

Thousands were on hand for the marathon contest staged at the

Announcing the winners, Mr J.L. Blackett, Acting Chief Education
Officer for the judges said that several factors had been taken into
consideration. Among them were melody, enounciation, pronunciation and
breath control.

The other members of the panel were Miss Signia Yorke, Mrs
Crucet and Mr Octavio Castillo.


The Battle of the Bands Contest on Monday night was a keenly
contested affair.

Winning first prize for the secondth year running was the Lord
Rhaburn Combo. The Los Belicefos Combo placed second and the Messengers
Combo, third.

Judges for the contest were Rudolph Andrews, Director of the
Imperial Band, Joseph Pinks, Secretary and Sub-Director of the Imperial
Band and Mr Hazarth Jones, Leader of the Accordian Band.


The pageant: "Epic of Belizu" staged at the Memorial Park on
Thursday night was a spectacular parade of the rich folklore heritage
of our country.

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The theme of the script this year was the role our country bka '.
played over the past four centuries as a sanctuary land for the shiwreck-
ed, the outcast, those who came from far off continents to find peace,
hope and the promise of a better life in Belize.

In town for the presentation were dancers and musicians from the
Toledo district and Stann Creek Town.

The popular Carib Belizeans thrilled a record breaking audience
with the quick stepping Gunjai, the Chumba and Halaguaty. Following the
pageant they made public appearances at the swank Fort George Hotel and
the Palace theatre.
Providing interpretive links in between the main items were a
team of young dancers prepared by Mrs N. Valdez. The combo, "Los Bumble
Bees" returned to the scene of their triumph earlier in the celebrations
with a selection of their most successful numbers.

The "Epic of Belize" was devised and presented by R.L. Clark with
stage settings by Nacho Valdez and choreography by Robert Reneau, The
narration was by Rudolph Castillo.


When fireworks specially ordered for the occasion faillditoc
arrive on schedule for tho prroised display on Friday night the National
Day Celebrations Committee put on an impromptu variety show which proved
to be an apt substitute for the pyrotechnics.

Feature attraction was the bombshell duo RICKY and RUBY who hail
from Costa Rica. The'-b~ hrt -ad lAstortan-aspecialt e in;eaqtomporary
'pop' dancing. They have won many dancing contests in Latin America
topping their success with the title "America's Best Dancing Team" in
Bogata, Columbia two years ago.

They were fulfilling night club and cinema engagements in Belize
City before going on to a tour of the U.S.A.

Sharing the limelight with these international stars Friday night
were this country's favourite female group The Violets and The Cr'7-
Crystals a male group, and a hew favourite combo, "The Messangers".


All week long while the celebrations were attracting huge crowds
in Belize City the districts were celebrating with a touch of variety
not witnessed here in the capital.

Stann Creek Town staged a big bonfire. It was a swimming and
'greasy pole' races in Orange Walk Town. And in Punta Gorda the novelty
was a torchlight parade. San Ignacio did likewise adding an extra fling
with a.gala free-for-all dance at Columbus Park.

Elsewhere there were baseball games, patriotic rallys, elocution
contests and concerts.


A front page article in the Belize Times last Tuesday reported


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on an interview with Premier George Price, as Minister of Finance, about
the provision of fire fighting appliances for San Ignacio and Orange
Walk Town.

Government, within its limited budget, the Finance Minister said,
has been providing new fire engines for district capitals in fulfillmnt
of the PUP Manifesto for Belizean Progress.
In the case of Orange Walk Town the appliance had been secured
as a result of repeated requests by the Honourable Elite Urbina, Repre-
sentative of the Orange Walk North Electoral Division. The Honourable
Hector Silva, Representative of the Cayo North Electoral Division, had
also been pressing hard for San Ignacio to be supplied with a modern
fire engine. Final approach of both requests had recently been granted
by the Committee of Supply.

Government Safety Conscious

The Belize Times article went on to say that the Orange Walk
Town Board did not have anything to do with the decision of the Premier,
as Minister of Finance to find the money. Government he emphasized,
is greatly concerned about the security of Belizeans all over the 'c-:
The Minister of Local Government and the Ropresentatives of the
two townships had requested the funds and the Ministry of Finance was.
able to find the money..
Asked when the fire engines would arrive, the Premier replied
that delivery takes about six months from time an order is placed. This
means that the appliances should be arriving early next year.
In conclusion, the Premier reiterated his government's policy on
fire fighting.
The PUP Government, he declared, will continue to provide im-
proved, modern fire fighting units, not only for Belize City, but for
the district capitals and other areas of the country wherever such a
service becomes necessary.


Twenty seven young ladies received certificates for successfully
completing a commercial course at the Belize Technical College on
Certificates were presented by the Minister of Natural Resourca:
and Trade, the Honourable A.A. Hunter.

The course was conducted by Mrs Agnes Young for the Belize
Technical College. Master of ceremonies for the occasion was Mr E.P.
Yorke, Principal of the Belize Technical College.

Mrs Young reported that of the forty persons who had registered
for the course only thirty four had preserved. Twenty seven of these
had earned certificates. The other 7 she said were being invited to
continue their studies at the regular evening classes so that, in time,
they might qualify.

Plaudits For Mr Yorke

She had found the students intelligent, energetic, enthusiastic
and co-operative. The Principal, Mr Yorke, had done everything humanly

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possible to improve the commercial course offered by the Belize Technical
College. He deserved special commendation for this.

Delivering the main address Mr Hunter, a former career business
executive recalled that for many years of the dearth of competent, pro-
ficient office staff.

"Nothing gives me greater pleasure th-n to know that you twenty
seven young ladies have successfully completed your concentrated short-
hand typist course and will now go out to help fill the vacuum that
exists in both business and government fields," declared Minister Hunter.

He warned that they should not rest on their laurels because the
business of education requires continuing effort. "You must aspire to
participate in and contribute to the field of endeavour in which you
eventually find yourselves," he went on.

Twwards An Efficient Unit

"Your very outlook on life can become quite different if in your
work you feel that you are a part of an efficient functioning unit which
has a purpose and sense of direction. This is what I wish for you. May
your futures be bright, pirposeful zVnd-progfeodaie-,"oh concluded.

Earlier, he' complemented Mrs Young and expressed hope that she
would conduct furthertcourses along the same lines. At the same time he
offered congratulations to the Belize Technical College for, as he put
it, "the wonderful contribution it has made and continues to make in the
field of education.

Mr Miguel Rosado, General Secretary of the Belize National Con-
federation of Christian Trade Unions, left for Oxford, England on

He will represent the Federation's four unions at a three Week
seminar sponsored by the International Solidarity Fund of the Interna-
tional Federation of Christian Trade Unions with headquarters in Brussels,

The Seminar is being held at Plater College, Boars Hill, Oxford
from September 12th to 30th. Mr Rosado will present a paper on the
Trade Union Movement and Development in Belize past present and future.

Delegates from various African and Asian countries Malta, Cyprus
and the Caribbean Area will present similar papers.

Lightburn, Pollard, Castillo For Panama Parley

In other Union News, later this month SouthernChristian Union's
new President, Mr Allan.Castillo, the National Federation of Christian
Trade Union President, Mr Rae Lightburn, and CLASC Executive Secretary
Mr Nicholas Pollard will be attending the Fifth Latin American Congress
and the 9th ,Continental Council of the CLASC in Panama City.

It is pointed out that the National Federation of Christian Trade
Union in Belize is affiliated to the Latin American Confederation of
Christian Trade Unions and the International Federation of Christian
Trade unions which has a membership of 20,000,000 on six continents.

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The National Trade Union Congress announced tqe departure of its
members on Tuesday for San Pedro Sula, Republic of Honduras, where they
will undergo training in Labour Education.

The three were Leonardo Arana (P.O.U.) and Mario Alonzo and Earl
Lopez (G.W.D.U.).

The course was sponsored by the American Institute for Free
Labour Development and made possible through.the good offices of ORIT.

The National Trade Union Congress hopes that there will be other
courses in Trade Union Education before the end of the year both in
English and in Spanish.

The awards, said a N.T.U.C. release, is in keeping with the in-
tention of the Congress to provide the type of Education for workers
which is necessary to cope with the Social, Economic and Political Devel-
opments of our country.

Amendments to the Firearms ordinance and the Library ordinance
were okayed on Tuesday.

Motions to this effect were introduced by Senator James Meighan,
leader of government business in the Senate.

Senator Leslie said the library service was very important a
avenue for the education of citizens. He called on Government and people
to make a greater contribution to the Library service thus lifting the
tone of the education of our society.

While the Senator agreed with the change to a National Library
Service he abstained from voting on the motion on the grounds that Sec-
tion four, clause two of the motion, was not complete.

Senator Brooks who also abstained, said the Library Service could
play-a great part in the education of our nation.

Another motion, this one dealing with salaries, allowances and
privileges of Senator was also introduced.

A select committee to sit with the joint Select Committee appoint-
ed-by the House of Representatives was appointed.

The members of this committee are Senators Courtenay, Hassack,
Ken and Meighan and the President, Mr E.W. Francis.

Seven bursaries awarded under the Commonwealth Teacher-Training
Bursary Scheme for Training in the United Kingdom during the 1966-67
Academic Year were announced on Thursday by the Ministry of Education.

Mr C.J.A. Augustine, District Education Officer, will be doing a
one-year course in Primary Education at the University of Newcastle's
Institute of Education.

Mr Roy G. Leslie, Vice Principal of the Belize Teachers College,


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will take advanced training course at the University of Nottingham.
Another teacher, Mrs Norma Engleton, Acting Supervisor of Home Economics,
will be taking a one year course in Domestic Science at the Bath College
of Education. Miss Kathleen Card, Temporary Home Economics Teacher,
Belize Technical College will do a three year initial training course in
Domestic Science at the Madley College of Education in Crewe, Stafford-

Primary school teachers Mr Govel A. Morgan and Mr E.A. Gutierrez
- will study at the University of Bristol. Two others, Miss T. Padron and
Miss C.J. Sealy, will study at the University of Newcastle. All four are
taking one year courses.

The cost of Mr Leslie's training is being met under the Belizean
Government's training scheme for public officers.

The Ministry of Education release said the training awards were
all tailored to implement the new educational policy recently adopted by


Classes in woodwork, drafting and electricity have been added to
the curriculum of the St John's College Extension department.

The College was formally reorganized in 1957. A wide range of
subjects are offered, some of them up to advanced G.C.E. level.

At its last graduation ceremony five students were presented with
High School Certificates. Fourteen students got commercial certificates.

The College was scheduled to reopen on September 12th.


THE 1966 SUGAR CROP ENDED ON SEPTEMBER 5TH when the Corozal Sugar Factory
at Libertad stopped receiving sugar cane.

The crop lasted thirty two weeks. Another production record -
43,000 tons of sugar or about 8,000 tons more than last year was

THE REVEREND MILUS WRIGHT & FAMILY have cut a long playing record featur-
ing seventeen all time religious favourites.

The Wright family are connected with the Assembly of God Church in
Belize City. They have appeared at the Radio Belize Christmas Variety
Show on more than one occasion.

Last week they presented a signed copy of their new L.P. to the

1943 returned home recently to see his ailing mother.

An ex-constable in the Police Force, he is now a real estate agent
in Manchester.

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to say farewell to the Premier on Tuesday before leaving to rsad for a
degree in Education at the University of Alberta.

London where he will study management of Radio studios for nine months.

LIONEL KISLING, G.I.S. PHOTOGRAPHER, has left for the U.S.A. where he
will do a short course in photography.

EUSTACE 0. BRADLEY has resumed duty at the forestry Department after
successfully completing a four year course in Forestry at the University
of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He now has the B.Sc. in

better part of last week seeing for himself the various changes that have
been taking place in Belize City and the districts during his absence.

He works for the Ford Motor Company of Detrio Michigan.

assignment, arrived here on Wednesday.

Another contingent is expected to arrive in October.

of Assistant Government Printer with effect from 14th August, this year.

Winston joined the Public Service as a Junior Compositor in 1944.
Last July he completed a six month attachment with Messrs Harrison and
Sons of London.


Address by His Excellency Sir John Paul, G.C.M.G., O.B.E.,
M.C. on the occasion of the National Day (10th Sept. 1966)

Mr Premier, My Lords Honourable Ministers, Members of National
Assembly, Distinguished Guests....

Mr Premier, I thank you for your greetings to me this
morning and for your special greetings to Her Majesty the Queen.

Nearly two months have passed since I first arrived in
Belize and I am glad to have this opportunity of sharing in the
celebrations of National Day and of trying to express my first
impressions of this country.

I shall speak frankly because the problems facing us are
too urgent, the stakes involved too high, to allow of any

As you have said Mr Premier, we stand on the threshold
of independence. It follows that the way in which we all acquit
ourselves in the period which lies ahead will be of crucial im-
portance to the future well-being of this country.

Perhaps one of the most important and critical problems
facing us is, quite simply, whether we are to go into indepen-
dence as one country and one people or as a country divided
against itself.

There are a few, I am aware, who question the desirabi-
lity of independence at all. I do not think we need concern
ourselves with those of this view, except to say that it has
long been the policy of Her Majesty's Government that all depen-
dent territories should have the right to run their own affairs.
Moreover, it is my personal conviction that, given two essential
conditions British Honduras will be one of the most accomplish-
ed candidates ever to appear and to attend the independence con-
ference table.

But ifwe are to qualify for this distinction, we must
first do our utmost to meet the two essential enabling condi-
tions to which I have referred, nPmely, increased stability and
goodwill and a greater sense of urgency and purpose.

As to the first, I cannot help but express my deep con-
cern at the present disunity which appears to tarnish the fabric
of our national life,

I would be better able to understand this situation if I
had some idea of the root of this dissatisfaction, but in spite
of inquiry from many sources, in spite of attempts made with
your full support, Mr Premier, to try and reconcile the present
faction, I have to admit that I have succeeded neither in
ascertaining the real reasons for the present discord nor it
seems have we succeeded in any way in composing it.

If it is still claimed that the basic cause is the
Guatemala issue I can only endorse what you yourself have said,
Mr Premier, and repeat what I myself have said with the full
backing of Her Majesty's Government and that is that no solu-
tion to this problem will be imposed on this country which is
not manifestly in accord with the wishes of the majority of
its people.

/It seems

It seems-therefore-that we are left with no alternative
but to plead again for more unity so that collectively we can
face up to the very difficult problems which confront us.
I would like to make it quite clear that I am not
suggesting that those who oppose the Government should curb
themselves in their criticisms of those policies with which
they disagree: the existence of an opposition is, in this
country and elsewhere, the real guarantee of democracy. At the
same time, however, I do urge most strongly that this criticism
should be based on reasoned and on clear thinking, and not on
personal enmity and spite, founded largely it seems on things
dredged up from the past.
Unquestionably we have entered a very decicive chapter
in our history, and the Government and indeed the country as a
whole, need the good sense and co-operation of each and everyQ
one of us in achieving what surely must be our common purpose -
the right of Belizeans to run their own affairs. But if this
baleful and to me, pointless campaign of political dissension
is to continue, coupled with irresponsible attempts to undermine
the Government, then there can be little or no progress.

As I have said political stability is the essential pre-
requisite for peaceful and orderly development.
Some countries seek to obtain this stability by suppress-
ing or by attempting to suppress any opposition which may exist
and by suppressing freedom of speech and freedom of action in the
political field. I speak with the full authority of the Govern-
ment and, I believe, with the support of the vast majority of
the people that it represents, when I say that we attach special
importance to the principles of tolerance and freedom and equa-
lity, all of which go to make up what we understand by democracy.
Nevertheless it needs to be pointed out very clearly that
freedom is not an unlimited state. It is not, and cannot be
allowed to be, a licence for treachery, sedition or violence.
Indeed, democracy can only work if people observe the rules which
define it; and one of the most important of these is that the
people choose freely whom they wish to govern them and that that
Government, when chosen, shall be accepted by the whole country
as the legally constituted Government until such time as the Con-
stitution requires that another general election shall be held.

I cannot emphasize too strongly that these are the basic
principles of good Government as we understand it.

And holding these principles constantly in mind, I ask
once more that collectively we should look to the future; and,
in so doing, let us remember that forbearance, understanding and
civility are not signs of weakness but signs of maturity; let
us exan ine together those problems which unite us rather than
consume our energies in recrimination over the past; for in
squabbling over the past we stand in danger of losing the future.

The events and decisions of this pre-independence era
will settle the fate of Belizeans for generation to come. Your
forefathers and their present and future descendants have the
right to have these events and decisions regulated by reason, by
good sense, not by fear, nor by violence nor by deceit.
Mr Premier, as I foretold, I have spoken frankly, and I
have perhaps drawn too melancholy a picture of the present

situation. I would therefore like to qualify this by saying
that I believe, so far as I have had the opportunity of
assessment, that the present climate of unsettlement and
distrust is confined largely to this city.

In my brief tours to the districts I have, for
the most part, been impressed the way in which the Govern-
ment is working with the people and by the way in which the
people are working with the Government; I have been en-
couraged too by the general impression of peace and con-
fidence which I have obtained during my travels. If this
state of stability can be extended throughout the country and
if, now turning to my second point, there can likewise be in-
stalled a greater sense of purpose and urgency, leading to an
expansion of the economy, then Belize has no cause to fear
the future. This means, of course, harder work and it means
thinking in terms not so much of what the country can do for
the people, but what the people can do for the country.

At the same time let us remember that economic ad-
vance, essential as it is in our present circumstances, is
not necessarily the same thing as human progress. How a man
lives with his family and his fellow citizens, how he thinks,
how he responds or contributes to the music, to the literature,
to the beauty and to the culture of his country, the prayers
he raises, these are the things by which we can measure human
progress; and I would make bold to claim that in this matter
of human progress, Belizeans have come a long way over the
years, establishing what they might term "The Belizean way of

The harsh facts of the matter are, however, that
this progress cannot be sustained without a sound and expand-
ing economy and it cannot be sustained without an ordered and
settled life for these things alone provide the foundation
for better living.

Let us then, each one of us, critically examine
the contribution we are making to the creation of this new
nation, so that we may not only preserve but enhance all
that is good in "The Belizean way of life."

I heard it predicted before I came here this morn-
ing, that I should say at this meeting that Belize is a fine
city and that I should ask people to look to the future. As
to the first point, as I have pointed out, I have certain re-
servations about Belize being a fine city; as to the second,
of course I and the Government ask the people to look to the
future because depending on how we conduct ourselves in the
future, lies the choice between this country going into inde-
pendence as one country or as a divided country the choice
even perhaps national greatness and national obscurity.

You, Mr Premier have chosen as your main theme for
this morning "Belize United Sovereign and Independent,"
whilst other rival groups are celebrating as their main issue,
the Battle of St. Georgets Caye. The one looks to the future,
the other looks to the past. All that I ask, and all that I
shall continue to strive for, with the full concurrence and your
your support, Mr Premier, is that there should be harmony, in-
tegrity and goodwill amongst all Belizeans, so that the country
as a whole, as one entity, especially on a day as this, can
look back with pride on the proud traditions and history of the
past and look forward with confidence to the fulfillments of
all its hopes and aspirations for the future.

Address by the Premier National Day, 1966.

The Belizean government and people meet today in
public parks and places of our country and they move
forward in patriotic parades through streets of our
capital and of our towns and villages, these civic de-
monstrations pledge, on this our National Day of 1966
that Belize shall-be United, Sovereign and Independent,

Six years ago in London the government of the
United Kingdom gave its first assurance that we Belize.
ans shall have our independence to be a sovereign member
of the Commonwealth and of the United Nations.

Three years ago when our delegation negotiated
for and attained self-government for Belize, the govern-
ment of the United Kingdom asked if we would fix a date
for independence. Our answer was that some five years
would be needed to improve our economy so that we could
maintain with honour and with dignity a sovereign, united
and independent Belize*
The hectic rush of events has consumed three of
these five years During this time the majority support
of the Belizean people has taken our country a long way
towards the goal of national unity, an improved economy
and,a readiness for independence. We have found our
Belizean identity and we have established our symbols of
independence by renewing the sacred heritage of our
ancient nnmo Bolize; by returning to our people their
ancient standard the Belizean flag; and by enshrining
a well-known patriotic song as our national anthem w
"Land of the Gods."'

United stands our majority consensus. We have
taken our country forward and each National Day brings
us nearer to our goal a sovereign, independent Belize,
But no nation is born without travail. That there are
symptoms of travail should n'ot cause dismay or weakness
in our stout-hearted endeavours, our constant dedication
and our genuine patriotism.

United we hold firm to what we have won. United
we draw our daily strength from the silent, life-giving
depths of selfless service to the nation and to its
people. For we know that the true patriot is not the
loud-shouting accusing citizen, but the citizen who
sinks personal ambition and who forgoes personal gain so
that Belize and its people might attain the true and the
good of prosperity and of independence.

United, though in majority consensus we are, there
is need for greater unity of only to ensure concord and
stability in our Christian Democratic processes. The
problems we inherit are man made and we shall overcome
them. These problems will be solved not by dishonesty,
by fear and by violence. They will be solved by resolu-
tion and determination to preserve our rights, our national
way of life, and the sovereign independence of our country.
While time is not always on the people's side, time,
we pray will expose dishonesties will remove fear and dis-
pel violence as a means of attaining political objectives.
Time and our intense endeavours are removing ob-
stacles to our economic growth and social betterment.


Already work has begun on some of our national projects. A
start has been made building houses in our new capital.
Foundations are being laid for the new bridge at Tower Hill,
which will further improve our highway link with the outside
world. Major culverts have been installed in our Southern
Highway and surfacing work can now proceed. Extension to the
runway of the Belize International Airport has commenc d.

These and other achievements will lay the ground work
and will provide the basic facilities for the increase of
our production and the expansion of our services. They are
the fruits of our planning and our labour as each day we
awake and work hard to build the new Belize as a sovereign
and independent nation of the Commonwealth in Central

This sovereignty and this independence require that
our Belizean National Assembly continue to be the Supreme
Authority in and over Belize. Our government have given this
sacred guarantee.

This sovereignty and this independence demand a
national status no less than a status which gives the
Belizean people the supreme power and mastery over their
coun ry and its assets and its affairs. We have thus re-
nouced all associated&for'ms of constitutional arrange-
ments, whether it be an associate-state with the United
Kingdom or an associate state with Guatemala or with any
other country. For such status would block our national
progress-and indeed demean our national integrity and de-
feat our popular will to be free Belizeans, happy and
We are especially mindful at this time that a media-
tionis in progress in endeavouring to end the ancient
Anglo-Guatemalan dispute over the country of Belize, of
which.we are the rightful owners. This mediation was
undertaken by the consent of our government and of the
political parties comprising of Belizean National Assembly,
and it is our earnest hope and prayer that in spite of all
obstacles, a just and honourable solution will be found that
will be in accord with the will of the Belizean people to be
the sovereign, independent nation of Belize.

Our government has declared clearly and categorically
from'every public rostrum and at every international con-
ference that the Belizean people will to be a free people in
possession of a sovereign, independent state. In further
pledge of this commitment we have chosen this National Day's
those who have eyes and will not see, can be blind to this
sacred and adamant commitment.

Good peoples of the world long for peace that they
might grow and become better and build a better world.
Peace starts within each heart. Here in Belize may its
over heart-beat radiate truth and goodness and may it
quicken love and harmony for those at home. May it extend
friendship to those abroad.

To our friends abroad in a shrinking world of time
and space, we give thanks for their help, their interest in
us and their guidance that sustain us in our difficult climb
to the plateau of plenty and the summit of independence.

/To the

To the government and people of the United Kingdom
who still share with us our responsibilities for foreign
affairs and our defense, we extend our invitation to ce-
lebrate with us and to rejoice with us on out National

We greet His Excellency, Governor Sir John Paul,
who is with us today as the Representative of Her Majesty
the Queen. To her we send our special greetings and oir
deep gratitude for the interview given to us in 1963 when
Her Majesty gave her gracious support to the United King-
dom's assurance and guarantee that Belize shall be
sovereign and independent.

To our fellow Belizeans, wherever they mey be, we
express our sincere thanks for their help and their support
of our National Day programme and we invite them to con-
tinue sharing with us the giant task of achieving greater
unity so that with Godrs help and His blessing this great-
er unity will bring us more quickly to our national goal of
sovereignty and independence for the new Belize. Long live

National Day
September 10, 1966.

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