The senators, Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida; James E. Risch, Republican of Idaho; Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland; Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey and Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, during the COVID-19 lockdown in May, wrote to President Granger seeking fiat to let in US personnel into Guyana to observe the recount.
“a crucial part of this process is that credible international observers be allowed to return to Guyana and be given free and unfettered access to all aspects of the recount in order to confirm the integrity of the process,” the letter said. They were however unsuccessful.
Today, they are at it again.
The same five senators, led by Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, have released a statement encouraging Guyanese authorities to turn over the government to the opposition PPP, with total disregard that the matter is the subject of a legal challenge in the nation's highest court.
The statement with wording similar to that of CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley, refer to the several democratic court challenges of the results of the March 2 elections as “gamesmanship” and called on President Granger to concede.
“Recent reports suggest questionable manoeuvres by interested parties designed to continue forestalling a final declaration of results, which members of the press say indicates a defeat for the incumbent government. President Granger should honour the will of the Guyanese people and concede.
“We extend our support and solidarity to the people of Guyana, who have borne more than their fair share of patience during this process. For their sake, the future of democracy and the rule of law in our hemisphere, the ongoing uncertainty and gamesmanship must end,” the US Senators’ statement said.
According to Rubio, “Nearly four months since their national election, the Guyanese people are still waiting for an official result following the general and regional elections in their nation. This is unacceptable.
“We share in the frustration expressed by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), and other international stakeholders, and call on the Guyanese authorities to issue an official election declaration that reflects the results of the March 2nd election which were confirmed in the official recount by CARICOM’s observer mission.
Only recently, Rubio's contempt for Cartibbean countries became more evident, as he along with fellow Floridian Rick Scott, introduced a bill called the "Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act," which equates Cuba's humanitarian medical missions with human trafficking. If successful, the legislation would extend punitive measures to countries like Jamaica for participating in the programme.
Jamaica’s Shadow Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Morais Guy, in commenting on Rubio's action, said for over 40 years, Jamaica has been benefiting from the assistance of Cuban health-care workers, and we cannot remain silent or be bullied into adopting the political agenda of another country.
"We urge the government of Jamaica, as well as the governments of CARICOM to condemn this latest action by these US Senators aimed at criminalizing a genuine humanitarian mission which we also believe is extraterritorial and an insult to all sovereign nations,” Dr. Guy stated.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuban health-care workers have gone to work in all parts of the world; Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and their valour must be commended, the Shadow Minister said.
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