Dec 18, 2016 News Comments Off on Special envoy to be appointed to “shuttle diplomacy” between Guyana, Suriname
Following discussions between the Heads of State of Guyana and Suriname yesterday, an agreement was derived at for the appointment of an ambassadorial-rank representative to ‘shuttle diplomacy’ between the neighbouring
countries with an aim to resolve areas of concern.
Guyana’s President David Granger, told media operatives during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, that both countries would agree to the terms of reference of the representative who, will play an integral role in eliminating bottlenecks more quickly – should they arise.
Further, this special envoy is expected to have easy access to both Presidents, resulting in the leaders not having to meet to address issues that would normally require their personal intervention.
Both leaders also directed that the Guyana/Suriname Cooperation Council be resuscitated and that their respective technical officials meet to discuss issues in relation to the protection of the environment, agriculture, tourism, investment and cross border activities, through their respective committees. The envoy will work with the Council to come up with solutions to problems.
During their meeting also, it was revealed that both Leaders underscored the need for full implementation of the agreements in force between the two countries and the urgent need to take advantage of the opportunities for combining human and capital resources to further the economic and social development of the peoples of Guyana and Suriname.
Contending that the meeting was not a ‘talk-shop’, the Guyanese President stated that the most important outcome of the meeting was the agreement on a method of moving forward into the future and to ensure that problems are solved.
Meanwhile the Surinamese Head of State, Desi Bouterse, noted that agreements on the environment, tourism, oil exploration and investments reached with Granger at their first meeting earlier this year have not yielded much fruit.
“We are about half a year further, six months further and if we look back we are not satisfied with what has been done with these issues so that’s not good and that’s why we would take these as an example,” the Surinamese President said.
The President also pointed out the fruitful collaborations between the two states particularly in area of crime fighting – where both countries were able to reap benefits.
He stated also, that discussions were held regarding a number of “small issues” that were affecting the people of both countries. The Head of State said that that his delegation will be returning back to Suriname to look for solutions to these minor concerns.
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