Friday, June 1, 2007

Belize Not Pleased With Miss Universe

BELIZE CITY, Belize (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The country of Belize may be small and beautiful, but it’s fightin’ mad.

At last Monday’s (May 28) Miss Universe 2007 pageant, a short commercial informed more than one billion viewers that Cozumel, Mexico, has the world’s second largest barrier reef, a title that truly belongs to Belize’s Barrier Reef.

The claim did not swim well with Belizeians.

Shakira Oxley, director of public relations for the Belize Tourism Board, says, “It was a slap to the face, and totally disrespectful. Belize citizens are not only disgruntled, but highly disappointed at this gross misrepresentation of the facts.”

Now, the Belize government has lodged an official complaint with pageant organizers, and they’re hoping for an official apology.

And while this reef rift won’t stir up any bad blood between Belize and Mexico, Oxley insists, “It won’t soon be forgotten, and it will factor into our future in the pageant.”

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