Political dialogue shifts focus to race relations

Stabroek News
September 16, 1999

The parties to the Herdmanston [please note: link provided by LOSP web site] dialogue process, unable to resolve their differences on land allocation and house lot distribution have turned their attention to the question of race relations.

When the two sides met on Tuesday, the PPP/Civic presented for the consideration of the People's National Congress (PNC) its proposals for improving race relations. Race relations is one of the priority items proposed for discussion by the PPP/Civic.

CARICOM facilitator, Maurice King, who chairs the dialogue sessions said that the two sides would return to the issue of land and house lot distribution when the PPP/Civic tables the government's policy on these issues.

Stabroek News understands that the PPP/Civic is still to provide the PNC with information it requested in February about the amount of house lots the Government has distributed and the amount of land allocated. However, a source close to the PNC has pointed out that for the Berbice outreach last weekend, the government produced a paper detailing just this information it had requested.

Meanwhile, the visit by St Lucia's Prime Minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, is unlikely to take place before the first week in October.

Dr Anthony has the responsibility for monitoring the Herdmanston Accord and St Lucia Statement processes.

His visit here has had to be rescheduled as a result of PNC leader, Desmond Hoyte, being out of the country, and his own schedule as his country's Finance Minister which has him travelling to Jamaica for a meeting of CARICOM Finance Ministers and to the Cayman Islands for a meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers.

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