Former Foreign Affairs Minister Sir Shridath Ramphal has called for peace during the elections slated for March 2, 2020.
Sir Shridath addressed concerns over potential disturbances at the elections during his address to a gathering at the opening of the new building for Ramphal House, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, yesterday.
The edifice was dedicated by President David Granger in honour of the distinguished veteran diplomat who served as Guyana’s second Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In his remarks, Sir Shridath noted his role in the drafting of the schedule that would lead to Guyana becoming a republic. “The Republic of Guyana, although it came later than independence, was in our national genes from independence; from birth,” he stated.
He highlighted too, the challenge posed to Guyana by Venezuela and upcoming legal battle slated for the International Court of Justice, (ICJ).
The diplomat said that the border case will settle Venezuela’s “baseless” claim over two-thirds of Guyana’s territory. At this point, he stressed that the threats against Guyana’s sovereignty can only be overcome in the face of unity.
“It is my plea to all fellow Guyanese that between now and then, we do nothing to impair that destiny,” he noted.
Sir Shridath served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1972 to 1975 and has since made significant contributions to the nation’s international relations.
In his address, President Granger noted that Sir Shridath was one of Guyana’s most distinguished Foreign Service members and he continues to serve the nation.
“The Cooperative Republic of Guyana saw it fitting that this institute dedicated to educating our country’s cadets and diplomats should be named after you Sir Shridath, one of the architects of Guyana’s foreign relations.” The President added that Sir Shridath’s stewardship and service to Guyana were “incontestable.”
The annex was dedicated to Sir Shridath for his outstanding services to the nation’s diplomatic evolution. The building, which also houses the Foreign Services Institute and the Ministry’s library, underwent renovation from 2017 to 2019.
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