Guyana-US Relations: Trotman cautions government against “unholy agenda”

— Pompeo to also visit Suriname, Brazil, Colombia

Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman, yesterday cautioned the new administration against agreeing to anything that may threaten Guyana’s sovereignty ahead of the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s scheduled visit later this week.

Opposition MP, Raphael Trotman

“Being aware of the imminent arrival of certain foreign dignitaries,” Trotman cautioned, “we must be careful that in the height of the pomp, no pun intended, and ceremony, we do not lose our dignity and self-respect and trade our sovereignty, statehood and hallowed stance of the right to self-determination and non-interference, in the affairs of other states by agreeing to some unhelpful and unholy agenda that is meant to boost electoral prospects elsewhere.” 

According to a September 11, 2020 correspondence between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Guyana Defence Force, Pompeo will visit Guyana between Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18, 2020.

Already, a team from the US has arrived in Guyana to prep for Pompeo’s visit as he would be the highest, serving ranking US official to visit Guyana.

Though it is unclear what the purpose of the Secretary’s visit is, a meeting with President Irfaan Ali is likely to be high on the agenda.
Trotman, however, pointed to the ongoing Guyana – Venezuela controversy, noting that Guyana has made tremendous progress in the last five years to achieve a binding and internationally recognisable outcome by getting our controversy before the International Court of Justice and our

US Secretary of State

cause is just and highly likely to succeed.

“We implore you not to turn a controversy being settled by peaceful means, into a hot dispute that threatens our sovereignty and the peace within the region,” he added.

The US laid sanctions against Venezuela and is currently working to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who it deems a dictator, in favour of Juan Guaido, the country’s main opposition leader, who it recognizes as the rightful President.

The Opposition MP also commended the new administration for retaining Carl Greenidge as an advisor, adding, “You will find in him, a true patriot, a dedicated technocrat and a skilled statesman.”

“The work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the indefatigable Carl Greenidge was stellar and was continued by former Minister, Karen Cummings. We trust that the many gains made in this brief period, will be built upon,” Trotman said.

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Pompeo to also visit Suriname. Brazil, Colombia

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also visit Suriname, Brazil and Colombia during his upcoming trip that will also include Guyana, according to a statement today from the US State Department.

The statement follows: 

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo  will travel to Paramaribo, Suriname; Georgetown, Guyana; Boa Vista, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; and Plano, Texas, September 17-20, 2020.  This trip will highlight the United States’ commitment to defend democracy, combat COVID-19 while revitalizing our economies in the pandemic’s wake, and strengthen security against regional threats.

In  Paramaribo, Secretary Pompeo    will celebrate the triumph of democracy by meeting with recently elected Surinamese President Chan Santokhi and his cabinet to discuss increased bilateral cooperation and opportunities for partnerships in energy and security.

In Georgetown, Guyana, Secretary Pompeo will congratulate newly elected president Irfaan Ali and his cabinet, and meet with CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque.  He will reinforce the promise of a values-based U.S. partnership highlighting opportunities for more responsible and transparent private sector investment to increase prosperity for the people of Guyana, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Boa Vista, Brazil, Secretary Pompeo will underscore the importance of U.S. and Brazilian support for the Venezuelan people in their time of need by visiting with Venezuelan migrants fleeing the manmade disaster in Venezuela.

Secretary Pompeo will then travel to Bogota to meet with Colombian President Ivan Duque to discuss the strong partnership our countries share, including in managing the COVID-19 response, promoting mutual prosperity, and tackling the threats to regional security from narcotraffickers, terror groups, and Maduro’s illegitimate regime.

Finally, Secretary Pompeo will return to the United States to discuss Department of State priorities at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On September 16, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Will he be forced to resign or sacked before or after elections USA 3rd November
    Win or loose ?
    That is the question !

    Absolute hogwash…
    Politricks !

    QED

    Kamtan-uk-ex-EU

  • brandli62  On September 16, 2020 at 2:32 am

    If I were the Guyanese foreign minister or president, I would ask Pompeo to make a statement that the United States guarantees the territorial integrity of Guyana within its present borders. Such a statement would be a great signal to international investors that Venezuela’s claims to Essequibo will cannot be achieved by military force.

    • Kman  On September 16, 2020 at 9:58 am

      I think the US will do whatever it wants to do to benefit their agenda, as it has been doing for over a century. They may sugar it, but they will get what they want.

  • Kman  On September 16, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I hope the government does not give away’corn and husk’. Remember, the people are watching.

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