[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge says his decision to recall the previously appointed diplomatic Heads of Guyana Missions is in keeping with international best practices. The minister said that it is the view of the new Government that various heads of missions should not be in-situ for 20 years or more. The normal practice is a two to four- year rotation, and this, the minister said, will be restored.
The intention is also for politicians who are not career diplomats, but were given posts by a president, to bring their term of employment to an end, when the president leaves office. He stressed that this has to be the case with Guyana.
“There is nothing special about the PPP politicians who are wearing the hat of diplomats today. They have to recognise that they served the president that appointed them, then they have to step down, there is nothing peculiar about it,” Minister Greenidge told the Government Information Agency.
It was pointed out that the rules of the Foreign Office allow those serving overseas to spend an extra two months to “wind up” their operations, Minister Greenidge said. The established protocol is that when a new government takes office, the various heads of mission report to the new president.
He said it is obvious that a president has to appoint those persons that he trusts, that he has faith in, and who know and understand his initiatives. It is nothing to do with a person having a right to a position as a diplomat. There is no such right, he stressed.
The Foreign Ministry expects all of the Heads of Mission, to return to Guyana, unless otherwise instructed by the president.