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Guyana and Britain deny Russia claim of military base construction in Essequibo

  • Russia says Essequibo island base is aimed to destabilise Venezuela

Several Essequibo Islands

Guyana and Britain on Friday rubbished Russia’s claim that a British military base was being constructed on one of the Essequibo islands to train Venezuelan refugees to destabilise the Nicolás Maduro-led government.

The Foreign Ministry here called on Russia to withdraw the statement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, during a briefing on Thursday on the sidelines of the international youth educational forum “Eurasia Global” in the Russian city of Orenburg.        Continue reading

Canadian business chamber to open doors in Guyana amid oil, gold rush

Canada’s High Commissioner Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee, President David Granger and Minister of State, Dawn Hastings at Canada Day 2019 reception.

Canada on Monday announced plans to established a business chamber in Guyana, as several Canadian companies step up preparations to search for oil offshore the South American nation.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee made the announcement at a reception at the Marriott Hotel to mark her country’s 152nd anniversary since three provinces came together to form that North American country.        Continue reading

A comedian as president in Ukraine. Is Guyana overdue? – By GHK Lall

A comedian has won the race for president in Ukraine. ….. President Zelensky.
No, it is not a laughing matter. If it happened over there, it can happen here, and I am pondering. It has occurred several times already in this hilarious place, and there are some heavy bets placed on history repeating itself. I can imagine a meeting of heads of state between Guyana and Ukraine. It would be Comedy Central; even an evening at the Improv. Bolshoi Theatre, it would be not.

I admit that, at first, I was doubled up with laughter when reading of that result, then something hit me on the head. Being the kind of guy that I am, it had to be a hard hit. Thus, I came to my senses. This comedy business is no joking matter. Consider the following, please.        Continue reading

Guyanese murder-accused extradited to US: creates precedent – US Ambassador

Troy Thomas is en route to the United States to face justice for criminal acts he allegedly committed in New York in 2011.     

Troy Thomas

A Guyanese man was extradited to the United States (US) to be arraigned on a charge of murder in a New York court, a move the American embassy here said creates a new precedent for others to be possibly extradited.

The American Embassy says it notes this positive step forward and commends the Guyana government. “The Government of Guyana’s actions over the past year clearly indicate its dedication to law and order and established norms of international criminal justice – Guyana is moving in the right direction. Establishing a road map for future extraditions, bringing a fugitive to justice, making Guyana a safer place for Guyanese citizens – this is the best example of rule of law existing in Guyana,”  US Ambassador to Guyana, Sara-Ann Lynch was quoted as saying in an Embassy release.  Continue reading

Guyana asks World Court for swift Venezuela border case hearing

 – Venezuela refuses to participate

The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

Guyana wants the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to go ahead with oral hearings into the border controversy with Venezuela because Caracas has refused to submit counter arguments, the Foreign Ministry here said.

“In consequence, Guyana has decided to ask the Court to proceed directly to the holding of oral hearings, at the earliest possible date, to determine its jurisdiction over the case,” the ministry said.        Continue reading

Carter Centre: Remove overseas-based Guyanese from voters’ list for elections in August

Carter Centre proposes activating law to remove names of overseas-based Guyanese from voters’ list to facilitate elections in August

Jason Carter of the Carter Centre

“This has surfaced and what the Carter Centre has sought to do is to see how they can work around this to come up with a compromise. Their compromise does not fit neatly into what the law provides for.

They have suggested that a list of non-resident people could be generated and could be used on election day to determine whether anybody came to vote for them so they are attempting to address the essence of the matter, that is, substitute voting,” ruling coalition commissioner Vincent Alexander told reporters.      Continue reading

VENEZUELA’S BREATHTAKING AUDACITY – by Ralph Ramkarran – (maps added)

VENEZUELA’S BREATHTAKING AUDACITY

Venezuelan claims

Venezuelan claims – click to enlarge

Posted on June 13, 2015  – by  – Conversationtree blog

Venezuela’s proclamation of its “Atlantic Coast” on May 27, which includes all of Guyana’s maritime space, having already maintained since 1962 its fictional claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s land territory, is breathtaking in its audacity. Venezuela’s claim violates the Geneva Agreement and international law and threatens the peace, security and stability of the Region.

Oblivious to this fact, the heirs to Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late, transformative leader, have damaged the credibility of his legacy. They are attempting to take by force, and at Guyana’s expense, the Atlantic outlet they have always craved and with it Guyana’s newly discovered petroleum resources.   Continue reading

Musings of a Former Ambassador of African Descent – Cedric Joseph

INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

STATEMENT PRESENTED AT THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN HERITAGE

20 OCTOBER, 2011  BY: CEDRIC L JOSEPH, C.C.H. ————————————————————————————————————

MUSINGS OF A FORMER AMBASSADOR OF AFRICAN DESCENT: AN EXTINCT SPECIES.

It is unlikely that I should have ever ventured such a restrictive and invidious title for this talk had it not been officially advanced, perforce, at the highest level. In this International Year for People of African descent, committed to raising awareness of the challenges facing people of African descent, any commentary on the contribution of our Ambassadors of African descent should have been passing and integral to, rather than divorced from, the contributions of all other ethnic groups to maintaining and solidifying the integrity, territorial and otherwise, of this state of Guyana. A case for ethnic classification should never have existed. But, as in every aspect of our lives, such are the times.

The eviction of those of African descent from the highest levels of the diplomatic service is not of current happenings. It was signaled early by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), then in opposition, with its haranguing of the Foreign Service and consistent charges about “squandermania”. Immediately upon its accession to office in October 1992, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, impassioned after the long wait of twenty eight years, undertook a tour of the Missions in North America. Continue reading

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