US anti-narcotics expert tipped to be next Ambassador to Guyana

US anti-narcotics expert tipped to be next Ambassador to Guyana

Thursday, 31 July 2014 06:27 Written by  Demerara Waves

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Perry L. Holloway

A United States (US) diplomat, with considerable experience in fighting narco-trafficking in Latin America, is tipped to be his country’s next Ambassador to Guyana.

Perry L. Holloway who most recently served as Political-Military Counselor at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014, has been nominated to the US Senate for approval.

The White House quoted US President, Barack Obama as saying “I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”  

Holloway’s nomination by Obama comes at a time when the US Congress has approved the establishment of an office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Guyana. The anti-drug agency, in collaboration with Guyanese law enforcement agencies, is expected to gather intelligence and build cases to capture major drug traffickers.

Prior to being posted in Afghanistan, from 2010 to 2013 Holloway was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and from 2009 to 2010 he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Previously, he served as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota from 2007 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2005 to 2007. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Holloway was the Andean Counterdrug Initiative Coordinator at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State. He also served as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala from 2000 to 2003.

Holloway received a B.A. from Wofford College, an M.A. from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

If his nomination is approved, Holloway will replace Brent Hardt whose three-year of tour-of-duty recently ended unceremoniously and undiplomatically with an unprecedented outburst by the Guyana government at his farewell reception earlier in July, 2014. The Donald Ramotar administration has been very upset by repeated forceful calls by Western diplomats here for the holding of local government elections. A senior American diplomat here has said that those calls will not go away because the US government believes that the failure to hold the polls since 1997 violates Guyana’s law, constitution and international law.

The White House says Holloway of South Carolina is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service and Class of Minister-Counselor.

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  • de castro  On August 2, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Surely Holloway would serve USA better in America with all his
    ‘experience’ than he would serve Guyana.
    Sending ‘spies’ to serve USA in Guyana is blatant
    disregard for diplomatic protocol. Why not appoint a guyanese
    to the post of ambassador ! American guyanese.
    Am sure they would be more useful as ‘spies’ for
    information gathering …. in DEA.
    It is no surprise that his predecessor and his replacement
    are neither given farewell or welcomed by the Guyana government. Corruption at he highest level !

  • gigi  On August 4, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Guyana can always refuse. And it will be very telling if they don’t. Sure getting the drugs out of Guyana and into the US will now be secure and safe but will ordinary Guyanese citizens contribute to the South American migrant crises currently unfolding in the US.

    I remember reading one of the US-Guyana wiki leaks cable that mentioned how Guyana’s underdeveloped situation in the region is a paradise for drug cartels especially if the human population can be reduced/removed. Seems to be heading in that direction given the recent census figures. Can anyone see the US/CIA operating with impunity in this operation? The only possible solution here would be to hurry and open up the floodgates to more Chinese willing to call Guyana home.

  • de castro  On August 4, 2014 at 5:49 am

    May I humbly suggest ‘palestinians’ ‘syrians’ even ‘russians’
    and some latinos….’mix and match’ to improve Guyana
    Wow !

  • Jasmin Geiene Ann Harewood  On August 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This is so relieving and reassuring. Thank you, President Barack Obama! Thank You Jesus!

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