By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Both the United States and United Kingdom Diplomatic envoys have dismissed claims made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that they are instructing the new APNU+AFC government.
Jagdeo made the claim at a press conference on Tuesday September 08, stating that the government is doing things to appease foreign missions in Guyana.
He stated “we have to be careful how we allow foreign representatives to talk all the time and give instructions to the government…foreign representatives from where ever seem to be instructing the government on what to do on a daily basis and they comply.”
But British High Commissioner James Quinn said that while the Former President may have a right to voice his opinion, such a claim is laughable and certainly not factual.
“The idea that we are instructing the government is certainly not true…it’s laughable…the government certainly does what it wants to do…we have never instructed them in any way shape or form,” Quinn told reporters on September 09.
Additionally, Chargé d’ Affaires of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt expressed similar sentiments, noting that while the government has areas on which they have mutual agreements, this cannot be transferred to mean that instructions are being given to the administration.
“I don’t believe anyone who knows David Granger or Moses Nagamootoo would believe that they would take instructions from anyone, much less a career diplomat like myself….the Honourable Leader of the Opposition with due respect misrepresents what is the actual state of affairs,” said Hunt.
Meanwhile, Hunt has given the new APNU+AFC government thumbs up on the work it has been able to accomplish thus far and particularly in its first 100 days in office.
“By any measure they have doing quite well…I think we are well advanced towards planning for local government elections,” said Hunt while pointing to several aspects of the 100 days plan that have been achieved.
“Frankly those things that they weren’t able to achieve are elements that require the consent of more than a simple majority in the Parliament so it will obviously take considerably more time to build the trust and confidence for the opposition and government to come together,” Hunt added.