Guyana blocks about 1,000 Cubans from entering from Suriname; ferry service suspended

Demerera Waves – 08 December 2020

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Hilton Todd convened a meeting on December 7, 2020, with Narciso Reinaldo Armador Socorro, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to discuss the pressing issue of a number of Cuban nationals currently camping at South Drain, Suriname desirous of transiting Guyana to get to the United States of America to seek asylum there. Minister Todd was accompanied by Gail Teixeira, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance; Anil Nandlall, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Robeson Benn, Minister of Home Affairs.

The Cubans are at South Drain, Nickerie waiting to cross with the ferry that was scheduled to resume operations on December 12. Authorities believed that the Cubans want to enter Guyana to eventually enter Brazil.       

Attorney General Anil Nandlall says the government has since decided to suspend the restart of the Guyana -Suriname ferry service. “Most of them, I’m told, are in Suriname illegally and we have no port of entry to Suriname from Guyana. We have decided to suspend the ferry crossing so there is no lawful entry from Suriname into Guyana at this point in time,” he said.

The Attorney General says attention will be paid to  flights between the two countries. Caribbean Airlines recently announced that it would be resuming flights between Havana and Georgetown.

High-level government sources have also told News-Talk Radio that the Cuban government has informed Guyana that it is not part of any such exercise and that government should deal with the Cubans as they see fit. Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd on Monday led a Guyana government delegation in a meeting with the Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Narciso Reinaldo Armador Socorro.  The Minister of Governance Gail Teixeira, Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn and the Attorney General were also part of that meeting.

Noting that Brazil is also concerned about the large influx of Cubans and Haitians that are entering that country from Guyana, Mr. Nandlall said the migration of people from the heavily populated nations of Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela was now a major problem facing the smaller Caribbean islands. “The entire Caribbean is facing this problem. Guyana is no different,” he said.

High-level sources said Guyana has already informed Suriname about its position on the issue. “The Guyana government is not supporting it and we are taking all  steps that are available to protect our borders from this influx of illegal entry,” the official said.

Suriname has reportedly decided to deport the Cubans and would be preventing future flights with Cubans from landing there.

The Guyana High Court is later this month expected to decide whether 26 Haitians are being held in custody illegally. They arrived here legally, were allowed entry by immigration and subsequently arrested in Linden and in Georgetown.

Official figures released by the Guyana government two years ago indicate that most of the Haitians who arrive here leave the country without reporting to immigration  officers. Statistics from neighbouring Brazil show that most of them enter that country at Bon Fim in neighbouring Roraima State.

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  • kamtanblog  On 12/09/2020 at 1:06 am

    Begs the question …
    Are these Cubans political asylees, refugees, or economic migrants ? It is for neighbouring nation states to address the issues. It is responsibility of Suriname to do the neccessary
    vetting/investigation of these Cubans on arrival into Suriname. Once accepted entry into Suriname it is their responsibility to accommodate/accept. People are not parcels to pass arround from pillar to post. Reads “pass the buck”…turn blind eye….ignore…pretend !
    Every country has a right to protect its borders
    …Guyana no exception. Also every country has a right to refuse entry of “illegals” aka aliens in
    Vetting before entry/exit way forward.

    My two cents

    Kamtan uk-ex-EU

    • brandli62  On 12/09/2020 at 10:07 am

      I agree with kamtan that you cannot just deport people back to a dictatorial regime against their will. They maybe political refugees that could face prosecution once they return back to Cuba. Things are different with the Haitian migrants. Haiti is a democracy and most the leave do it for economic reasons.

      • Dennis Albert  On 12/09/2020 at 4:03 pm

        Haiti is under civil unrest and protesters get murdered by police loyal to the Haitian government. It’s a hell knowing that the poverty in that country is dire while a few are living the life.
        I don’t blame the Haitians for trying to come here and at least have food to eat.

  • Dennis Albert  On 12/09/2020 at 6:32 am

    The PPP stingy and greedy. The Cubans and Haitians want to settle in countries where they speak a Romance language, yet PPP posting propaganda that Haitians were used to bloat the voters’ list.
    When that 20-someting billion barrel oil done up, the PPP supporters will start migrating illegally to the richer countries.

    • the only  On 12/09/2020 at 7:59 pm

      You are spreading NONSENSE, moderator should shut you down. BTW as a PNC supporter i dont think they would be different.

      • Dennis Albert  On 12/10/2020 at 6:47 am

        How is that nonsense when the Haitians were being used as scapegoats last year?

        You’re a PPP stooge and if Bharrat Jagdeo has an issue with what I type, then his God should cast Judgment on him for what his administration did to Black people. But wait, in the Far East, money is God, even if it means to do it ungodly.

    • the only  On 12/10/2020 at 2:24 pm

      More S O S

      • Dennis Albert  On 12/10/2020 at 8:36 pm

        When 2025 come the PPP will be crying SOS when American sanctions come for the scrap metal and rice exports.

      • kamtanblog  On 12/11/2020 at 3:46 am




    • Brother Man  On 12/10/2020 at 2:39 pm

      Trevor, boy, I see you still singing the same tune like a broken, now under a new name.

      Brother Man

      • Dennis Albert  On 12/10/2020 at 8:33 pm

        What does Trevor have to do with the ethnic genocide and hostility that the Jagdeo party is doing to Blacks?

        Anil Nandlall went on the news today and he is openly pushing for ethnic race wars through instigation.

        The PPP starting race wars next year at the rate they are imprisoning the Black Haitians.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/09/2020 at 2:13 pm

    This is just a preview of mass migrations to come with the intensification of the global climate emergency.

  • wally n  On 12/09/2020 at 5:44 pm

    Oh rosie rosie so brilliant, such a good person, they got you now completely. OK OK send the Billions$ they will fix it in (pick a new number)years

    • Dennis Albert  On 12/10/2020 at 6:48 am

      Rosaline is one of the best bloggers on here why attack her viewpoint? Sea levels are rising and the PPP elite can ignore that when they build twelve to fifteen storey hotels, with rooms starting for US$150 a night.

      • brandli62  On 12/10/2020 at 8:55 am

        Thanks, Dennis for making the point about Rosaliene. She is entitled to express her opinion without running the risk of be insulted. I would actually like to hear more of her commentaries on other issues.

      • Dennis Albert  On 12/10/2020 at 8:35 pm

        Rosaliene doesn’t cause drama or trouble on this blog, so to drag her into the mud is wrong.

        Rosaline should be left alone leave the personal attacks to those who like to create drama and flame wars on the blog.

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