By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Visiting Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and Former President of Columbia, Dr. Ernesto Samper Pizano says he is confident that President Donald Ramotar will resolve the ongoing political stalemate in Guyana soon.
He told Reporters on Tuesday, January 20 at a media briefing that he met with both President Ramotar and Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues –Birkett where concerns surrounding Guyana’s prorogued Parliament and general and regional elections were discussed.
The UNASUR Secretary General acknowledged that he is aware of the situation but said he is confident that the President will address the issue of general elections soon, thereby bringing an end to the two month old prorogation.
President Ramotar prorogued Parliament on November 10, 2014 ahead of a debate on a No – Confidence motion brought against his administration; saying it was to facilitate dialogue between the Executive and the parliamentary opposition.
The Opposition has refused to engage the government and the President has since committed to dissolving Parliament and calling fresh elections ahead of its 2016 due date.
Dr. Ernesto Samper Pizano said the Guyanese Head of State has officially requested from UNASUR, a commission of observers to support the elections that he is preparing to announce a date for.
He said time did no permit him to meet with civil society organizations or the parliamentary Opposition but hopes to do so during his next visit.
The Secretary General was appointed in August 2014 and has since embarked on a series of visits to members states. Guyana is the last of the 12 South American countries to be visited.
Minister Rodrigues – Birkett said the government was very pleased to have the SG visit; pointing out that the Administration supports his list of priority issues to be addressed.
She said of seven priorities infrastructural projects listed for South America, two concerns Guyana.
“The first deals with the Brazil, Georgetown, Suriname link which would include the Corentyne River Bridge and secondly the link between Guyana, Venezuela and Suriname,” the Minister added.
Among other topics discussed were infrastructure, technology and education along with resources available to help with the process of democratization within member states.
The SG said it was important that Guyanese know he is ready to work with them all since they are a part of the 400 million citizens of UNASUR.