Foreign Minister says British Diplomat is “unkind” and “off the mark”

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By Kurt Campbell

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues - Birkett.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett has accused British High Commissioner Andrew Ayre of being “unkind” following warnings on Monday that Guyana could face sanctions for breach of the Commonwealth Charter if the current state of prorogation persists much longer and steps are not taken to resume Parliament.

In responding to inquiries of the likely sanctions for Guyana during a press conference on Monday, Janaury 12, Ayre referred to countries that had significant breaches to the Commonwealth Charter; reminding of the suspension of Fiji and Zimbabwe.

“Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth for a period of time. I’m glad to say it is now back in the family of the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe remains outside because of breaches that would have taken place there,” he told Reporters.

To this end, Rodrigues – Birkett took to her Facebook page saying that if “the British High Commissioner has indeed compared Guyana’s situation with what took place in Fiji some time ago, then he is absolutely off the mark and being unkind to my dear country.”

She went on to add that “President Ramotar did not commit an illegality.”

She defended her government’s decision to prorogue Parliament; saying President Ramotar acted in keeping with the Constitution.

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre
British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre

The Minister said too that Guyana has already alerted the Commonwealth that it will be requesting an observer Mission, for upcoming elections for which the President is expected to announce a date soon.

“The High Commissioner cannot be so unaware.”

President Ramotar prorogued Guyana’s Parliament on November 10, 2014; saying it was to facilitate dialogue between the Executive and the Parliamentary Opposition. On the same day he prorogued Parliament, the Opposition had signaled its intention to commence debate on a No – Confidence Motion it had brought against the administration.

“Ironically prorogation is the legacy of the British and there must have been a good reason for it. Or is it that some can use it and others can’t?” Rodrigues -Birkett questioned.

She observed too that the threat of sanctions from the High Commissioner is not new.

“That very threat was made regarding Local Government Elections. Yet when a date by which the elections was slated to be held was announced by President Ramotar, it appeared no longer important enough to encourage the other parties to work together to see it materialize. That threat was also not that veiled when Guyana voted a particular way on an issue at the UN. Of course we were vindicated on the latter with recent developments.”

The Foreign Affairs Minister did not stop there but went on to point out that “… Fiji has had elections which was declared free and fair. They have solved their own problems (at least some of it) with the help of Governments who were willing to be part of the solution. I am happy that those Governments did not use the carrot and stick approach. An approach that in my opinion has never worked. Yet small developing countries have to always remind themselves of this type of colonization that continues even as we try to consolidate our traditional relationships while forming alliances with like minded States in order to raise our standard of development.”

Ayre told Reporters that the prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament “was a dangerous path… a functioning democracy matters not just to fulfill the obligations of the constitution, charters or declarations. It matters because development depends on it.”

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. This brain dead fool talking about white man i bet he wish he had a visa ,,,i can see with this ass GRAY he hate rohee and the white man ,they tell he NO ,,no gun no visa,,Sorry fo maga dog ,tunn round bite ya

  2. The foreign governments should revoke all of them visa ,,lets see how they will spend the money the banking in florida , they cuss and talk shit but chk they passport see the place the run to to live and enjoy life

  3. What you wake up thinking is everybody as brain dead like you, NO stupid, cockroach you need to stop looking in the mirror , its fooling you

  4. The British is currently in Hot water with EU. They don’t want to pay their dues. They tell the EU that no one should tell them what to do and so they should adhere to their own policies. It is very undiplomatic to tell the public what is their opinion which is filled with flaws and misinformation. This is a similar situation to the US project where the US without consultation with stakeholders begin their project. It is like the British wants to paint our house without our consent and discussion. The reality is that once the government of guyana allows the British to get into the country’s Operation without proper consultations then that opens the avenue for Guyana becomming a colony again.

  5. Mr. Drakes I guess you are either well of or living easy. If the people do not have a voice for themselves some one has to speak up at least the high Commissioner knows about politics and policies. Yes President L.FS might have said so but look where it got us, you can quote President Hoyte but will not take us out of the rut and mire we are being buried in. It is time we speak up face facts and deal with issues that are keep us back and become the nation we once were.

  6. I’ll accept the Minister mild tone “unkind” as a marked improvement, compared to the feral blast from an Education Minister! Nonetheless, the comments by the diplomats were uncalled for, if only the PPP had accepted that 2011 election was a game changer and they no longer have the majority in parliament. But sadly the arrogance of the PPP is even more evident post 2011. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”

  7. After all these years the British still wants to tell us how to run our country. President Burham would have kicked this white man out of here and rightly so. The Minister was very graceful with her comments. Hoyte would have said once again what he had said to an American ambassador when he was President and I quote: ” The American ambassador does not run my country”

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