Guyana refuses US’ request to facilitate radio broadcasts to Venezuela – President Granger

Venezuela claim of Essequibo Region

Guyana’s President David Granger late Friday said his administration rejected a request by the United States (US) to use the medium wave radio frequencies of this South American nation to broadcast Voice of America programmes to Venezuela.

Mr. Granger said Guyana turned down the request because of security, health and political risks that Guyana could expose itself to with Venezuela which is claiming the Essequibo Region that makes up about two-thirds of this former British colony.

“Given the length of an unpoliced western border, the influx of refugees, the unsettled territorial question and the public health risks, it would not be in our national interest to do anything to contribute to destabilising relations at this time,” the President said.         

A US Embassy spokeswoman said the American government was no longer interested in the project. ” The U.S Agency for Global Media is not actively considering this anymore. It is important that the people of Venezuela have access to uncensored news from credible Venezuelan and international journalistic news sources. Guyana has shown leadership in the past, in defense of representative government by joining other Lima Group members from the Americas to strive for a democratic resolution to the crisis in Venezuela,” she said.

In correspondence dated April 1, 2020 and seen by Demerara Waves Online News / News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM, the Foreign Ministry asked the Ministry of Public Telecommunications for guidance to respond to a request by the US government board of broadcasting governors to use one of Guyana’s medium wave towers to “reach populations in Venezuela.”
Noting that Guyana has four medium wave allocations- 1010 khz, 700 khz, 760 and 560 khz- the US reportedly wanted to know whether the 560 khz station lease time to the Voice of America, if Guyana would be open to issuing a licence to VoA to put a new signal on medium wave either on an existing frequency or a new one, and if so whether the transmission power could be increased to 50 kilowatts either on an existing frequency or a new one.
Word that the US wanted to set up a VoA transmission facility based here on Guyanese radio frequency allocation came weeks after the Guyana government accused the US of interfering in this country electoral process as part of a plot to remove Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro administration from power.
American Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch on Thursday denied the Guyana government’s claims, saying “we are focussed on Guyana. It has nothing to do with any other country,”
She said the US imposed visa restrictions on Guyanese officials who are “undermining democracy” after weeks of repeated calls and warnings that they would be punished if they do not use the results of the national vote recount to declare the results of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections.
Canada and the United Kingdom have also threatened to follow Guyana with similar sanctions.
The Organisation of American States (OAS), which has named Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield as one of the key persons who are frustrating the democratic will of Guyanese, is next week expected to discuss the political situation in Guyana.
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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/18/2020 at 2:21 pm

    Developments in Guyana have become disturbing with each passing day.

    • Ramesh  On 07/18/2020 at 3:00 pm

      The impasse has devolved into an untenable and dangerous situation for Granger. It is now virtually impossible for him to keep holding out false hope to rule the country by fiat and fraud. The only viable option left for him is to end the charade immediately.


  • Tata  On 07/18/2020 at 6:20 pm

    The American government, to which Sarah Ann- Lynch is part and parcel of, cannot “bully” a sovereign nation with threats of visa refusals. America is no paradise. Many folks in Guyana, live a far better life than many living in the US. Ms Lynch should use her energy and help fix the racial divide in America, Fix decades old poor housing conditions in the New York City Housing Projects. Help poor kids achieve “ their god given rights to a quality education in America’s ghettos. Give seniors the care they need upon retirement after years of toiling for pittance as the WEALTHY 10% suck the “life blood” of their labor.

    Lynch, got to be kidding! Intimidation is America’s TOOL of choice against small vulnerable nations. They’ve destroyed Africa, after dividing it into many nations with a whole lot of cancerous problems. They’ve torn Haiti to shreds as it’s people are live in squalor. Look what they’ve done with Iraq, The Palestinians, Yemen, Afghanistan, just to name a few. America love no one and it’s only interest is to take control of Guyana’s wealth. They’ve been successful in getting the CARICOM nations to do their dirty bidding.
    Wake up Guyana, you’re worth more than a VISA!!!!!

    • Brother Man  On 07/18/2020 at 8:22 pm

      The whole world is speaking up with one voice on the scam being carried out by Granger and his clan. I don’t like the PPP/C but they didn’t cheat in the March 2 election. They won it fairly and APNU lost it fairly.

      Sarah-Ann Lynch, OAS, Caricom, UK, Canada and more are all on the same page.

      Granger should save face and work toward 2025 and make sure that the PPP doesn’t mess up.

      Brother Man

  • Tata  On 07/19/2020 at 5:51 pm

    What WORLD are you talking about? The 15 nation Caricom Members who have been bought and sold by the OAS?. They forget the days when Guyana ‘fed they hungry self‘. The fact is, no one knew of Guyana until you tell them of Jonestown.
    Unfortunately, Guyana’s oil wealth brought about some very “strange“ bed fellows.

    Jagdeo and the OAS designed and coordinated this hijack of the Guyana’s election for personal and financial gain. This PLOT started with Charrandas, These BASTARDS have a problem with Black people EVER having ANY right to govern. They didn’t wait for Grainger to finish serving his term in office to pull off this grand scheme.

    America’s election is in November and what a gift to the GOP if they are able to install a ‘puppet’ government in Guyana: take control of Guyana’s oil wealth. But, the “icing on the cake” is the invasion of Venezuela at the opportune RIGHT time.

    Granger should NEVER acquiescence to the threats of the OAS This is a HUGE strategic move by America to commandeer and control the Oil wealth in South America. It’s about GREED!

    Jagdeo is sooo drunk on power, he’s missed the attention to detail.

    Guyana in the hands of Jagdeo is HELL on earth.

    This man is dangerous! He’s sold Guyana to the highest bidder.
    This man has no knowledge of Guyana’s history.
    Our fore parents blood was shed by the same people who now wants to recolonize Guyana again.
    Grainger! You hang tight. Guyana is for Guyanese.
    You bastards please leave!!

    • Brother Man  On 07/19/2020 at 7:53 pm

      Ok fella-

      1. Name me one country that supports Granger.

      2. Why would you support electoral fraud in Guyana? It shouldn’t matter what you think of opposite party, fair is fair and facts are facts. Granger lost. Ali won!

      3. Why are you not concerned that all this in-fighting could give Maduro the opportunity he’s looking for to annex two-thirds of the country?

      4. You come across as an angry old fella. Anger is not a strategy.

      Quite frankly, as stated previously, I am no fan of the PPP. At the same time, I am an objective person and under no circumstances could I support tyranny in my country. We all lose under tyranny,

      Brother Man

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