How much longer will Guyana be at the mercy of the AB countries that continue to say
and do as they will in our country without any attached penalties?
The current practices of the US and Britain envoys to Guyana are a slap in the face of our sovereignty. Permit me to use this platform to express my immense frustration with the manner in which these countries trample on our democracy.
On Tuesday, after the Chairperson of GECOM issued a letter to President Granger on the entity’s readiness, the Embassy of the United States and the British High Commission issued a joint statement in an effort to meddle in Guyana’s domestic affairs.
The statement in part read, “… we deeply regret, by surpassing September 18, the
Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to
the decisions of the [CCJ]…”.
It should be noted that the Constitution of Guyana provides for there to be an extension of the 90-day period after the successful passage of a No Confidence Motion [in this case, after the CCJ ruling and consequential orders].
But this letter is not to litigate the NCM and subsequent workings of GECOM. Rather, it
is to state that foreign diplomats are continuing to meddle in our domestic affairs, which is out of the scope of their mandate in our country.
Let me be clear, the purpose of embassies and high commissions are not to interfere or pronounce on their host country’s internal affairs, but to seek to assist nationals from those countries, along with the strengthening diplomatic relations.
Guyana must put her foot down on foreign diplomats offering prognoses on our country’s future based on domestic affairs. It is my view that these incidents continue to occur because we fail to stand our ground in our own country.
It was just at the beginning of September that Demerara Waves carried an online bulletin titled, “US Ambassador cautions local content policy concerns may scare away investors.”
Just imagine that! A foreign diplomat trying to tell Guyanese that we should not champion local content because her country, along with others, will be scared away. This is unacceptable.
We need to not allow foreign diplomats to intrude on our sovereignty. It has to stop. If
this behaviour is unacceptable in other nations, it must be unacceptable here. Guyana will rise, but first she has to put these people in check, lest we become their pawns on their chess board.
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