[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana’s diplomatic community was officially briefed about the content and context of the Cummingsburg Accord which was signed on February 14 by A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC).
The Cummingsburg Accord details that APNU and AFC would contest the May 11 polls as one entity.
Prime Ministerial Candidate for the APNU/AFC coalition, Moses Nagamootoo said the meeting was critical noting that the decision was taken to brief the Diplomatic community to ensure that there was a clear understanding of what the coalition’s priorities would be, were they to assume the role of government post May 11.
“We are treating everyone as equal partners, as friends and that there is no need for anyone to have any reservations. We felt there was also need for an explanation as regards to distribution of new powers and how this will be done within the confines of consultation and consensus to bring about inclusiveness,” Nagamootoo said.
Nagamootoo also assured the diplomatic community that the APNU/AFC will not engage in vendetta or witch-hunting.
“Wherever there have been wrong doing the judicial process will take its course,” Nagamootoo explained.
The Prime Ministerial Candidate appealed to the Diplomatic Community to join the Coalition’s call for calm during the campaign and election period.
“We also want the international community, the embassies and missions here and Non-Governmental Organizations to join the APNU+AFC Coalition in appealing for calm and that there should be no appeal for violence or to ethnicity and racism,” Nagamootoo said.
Campaign Co-Chairman Joseph Harmon also endorsed Nagamootoo’s comments.
“It was an opportunity for us to brief the diplomats about the Cummingsburg Accord, what it is, what it purports to do and the way it is going to change the political culture of Guyana,” Harmon said.
“They had concerns on our emphasis on domestic violence and corruption and question about the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission and they also wanted to ensure that the political temperature over this period is calm,” Harmon added in echoing Nagamootoo’s call for tranquility.
Representatives from the US Embassy, Canadian High Commission, British High Commissions, the European Union, the Indian High Commission and the Brazilian and Russian Embassies among others were present.
The APNU/AFC team included Nagamootoo, Harmon and Raphael Trotman, Cathy Hughes, AFC General Secretary David Patterson.