[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is not giving up on the possibility of National Unity talks with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) just yet.
This is despite an open rejection to dialogue by the PPP which stated bluntly that it will not be engaging in any talks with Nagamootoo. In a recent press statement, the Party had stated “if such a move is part and parcel of the so-called “fresh approach” by the APNU+AFC then it is clearly a non-starter and will end up dead in the water.”
“Knowing the dim view the PPP holds of Moses Nagamootoo, the APNU+AFC by insisting that he is their ‘best man’ who will head its team must know that that initiative will go nowhere. Thus, by pushing Nagamootoo center-stage it is now pellucidly clear that the Coalition objective is not to have any talks at all but to put the PPP/C on the defensive and to project the Party as refusing to engage in talks with the government. The entire affair therefore smacks of a political gimmick,” PPP contends.
But Nagamootoo, in a Facebook post responded, asserting the coalition’s dominance over the PPP.
“Jagdeo cannot be the loser and chooser at the same time. This is OUR initiative and Jagdeo must not choose our negotiators. Jagdeo is trying to sow his mischief among the Coalition partners, but he lacks the imagination for this. He is just trying what Guyanese would call “a thing”…throwing a petard of mischief into our calm political pond.
“If the Coalition had named President Granger to lead its team, Jagdeo would have reacted the way he wickedly alleged during the elections campaign that Granger had blood on his hands,” said the Prime Minister.
He made it clear that efforts by the coalition to engage the PPP are sincere.
“I have fought for racial and national unity throughout my political life that now spans 53 years. In the National interest, my coalition team and I are ready to engage the PPP and are not side-tracked by the initial RESPONSE. Those for unity must now take a stand! We are ready to embrace them,” the PM stated.
Meanwhile, Former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran has stated that PPP’s refusal to sit down with Nagamootoo should not be an obstacle. He said there are creative ways around these matters.
“Talks leading to a national unity government should be seen as a process, not an event. If the coalition wants to maintain focus on the larger picture, it will work through the sensitivities of the PPP. It will be prepared for the long haul and endure the painful negotiations but with purposeful commitment, serious compromises, the use of skilled interlocutors who are available within its own ranks and above all, persistence and patience,” said Ramkarran.
He contends that it is necessary to launch a public campaign in support of talks for national unity.