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GUYANA | Opposition stonewalled, Gov't warned, stay out of Venezuela's internal affairs
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GUYANA | Opposition stonewalled, Gov't warned, stay out of Venezuela's internal affairs

Featured Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon at a press conference yesterday lamenting the lack of information from the government regarding the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scheduled for Thursday and Froday of this week, September 17 and 18, 2020. Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon at a press conference yesterday lamenting the lack of information from the government regarding the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scheduled for Thursday and Froday of this week, September 17 and 18, 2020.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September 16, 2020 – Speaker of Guyana's House of Assembly appears to be stonewalling efforts by the Opposition to pose questions to the Foreign Affairs Minister about the purpose of  Mike Pompeo's visit to Guyana tomorrow, as for the second day in a row, House Speaker  Manzoor Nadir denied the Opposition's request for questions to be posed about the Secretary of State's visit.

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon says the  Irfaan Ali administration has yet to disclose the reason for Pompeo's visit and the agenda of the meetings that he'll be having with the Government.

Harmon said the APNU+AFC has been trying to get the Foreign Minister to answer questions in the National Assembly regarding the visit, but the Speaker so far has not allowed the questions to be posed.

The Opposition Leader told the media that “We find this to be a visit that is shrouded in secrecy and I believe that the Guyanese people need to know what it is. If it has to do with its territory integrity, if it has to do with issues of sovereignty, the Guyanese people need to know and that is very important,” Harmon said.

There are concerns that the visit may be related to the US efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. Guyana’s position has always been to stay out of the internal affairs in Venezuela.

The Opposition believes Guyana needs to stick to that position and not dabble in the affairs of other countries.

amanza walton desir 460x331APNU+AFC parliamentarian Amanza Walton-Desir in her contribution to the budget debate this week, asked Foreign Affairs Minister to reaffirm to the National Assembly that the government is committed to the non-intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela and that therefore “the government will not be a party directly or indirectly to any aggression against Venezuela.”

She also wanted to know what agreements are expected to be reached, what support has the Guyana government committed to the US leading up to Secretary of State Pompeo’s visit, and what are the scenario analyses of the likely consequences of any action taken by Guyana for its case before the ICJ on the border controversy.

In April, the then president David Granger had turned down a US request for the use of its medium wave radio spectrum to beam Voice of America radio programmes to Venezuela. “Given the length of an unpoliced western border, the influx of refugees, the unsettled territorial question and the public health risks, it would not be in our national interest to do anything to contribute to destabilising relations at this time,” Ms Walton-Desir said.

The State Department on Tuesday announced that Secretary of State would visit Suriname and Guyana, as part of his trip to South America that would also take him to Brazil and Colombia.

“He will reinforce the promise of a values-based U.S. partnership highlighting opportunities for more responsible and transparent private sector investment to increase prosperity for the people of Guyana, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the State Department said concerning Mr Pompeo’s visit from September 17 to 18.

While in Guyana, Pompeo is expected to congratulate newly elected president Irfaan Ali and his cabinet, and meet with CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque.

  • Countries: Guyana

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