Surinamese Ministry launches investigation into assault of Guyana’s Ambassador

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Guyana’s Ambassador to Suriname, Keith George
Guyana’s Ambassador to Suriname, Keith George

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett received a formal apology from her Surinamese counterpart following the assault of Guyana’s Ambassador to Suriname, Keith George and his Chauffeur.

A recent media release from the Ministry stated that at about mid-morning on Wednesday April 01, a male who had parked his vehicle in front of the gate of the Embassy in Paramaribo, in clear sight of a “no parking sign”, behaved in a disorderly manner when he was requested to remove his vehicle that was blocking the entrance to the Embassy.

The man refused, exited his vehicle and assaulted the security guard on duty. The Ambassador’s Chauffeur intervened to rescue the security guard and he was the subject of verbal abuse from the driver of the parked vehicle,” the Ministry said in a press statement.

It was noted that after he continued his verbal abuse and exposed himself in public, the Ambassador instructed his staff to summon the Surinamese police. Two ranks arrived and were briefed about the situation. Surprisingly the ranks then attempted to execute an arrest on the Ambassador’s chauffeur on the premises of the Embassy, while which led to the assault of Ambassador George.

A media release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) on Saturday April 11 stated that a “thorough investigation” has also been into the incident and, “Minister Rodrigues-Birkett was also assured by her Surinamese counterpart that appropriate remedial measures will be taken by Suriname and action will be taken to avoid a reoccurrence in the future.”

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

The Foreign Affairs Ministry says it, “remains committed to the continued deepening of the relations between the Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Suriname,” as it is, “satisfied that both countries have been addressing the incident under reference in a mature, friendly and good neighborly manner which is testimony to the strong ties of friendship between both Governments.”

 

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