PPP/Civic, PNC name dialogue officials

Stabroek News
January 26, 1998

The People's Progressive Party (PPP/Civic) and the People's National Congress (PNC) have named key emissaries as required under the CARICOM-brokered Herdmanston Accord.

The agreement - aimed at ending the post-elections crisis - required that both parties name senior representatives with plenipotentiary powers to ensure "the smooth and uninterrupted translation" of the undertakings and agreements under the accord. The PPP/Civic, has announced that senior party member and Trade Minister Michael Shree Chan is its nominee and Stabroek News understands that former PNC Deputy Prime Minister Haslyn Parris has been nominated to be the PNC's nominee.

Shree Chan and Parris will oversee, according to the terms of the Accord, the implementation of the menu of measures aimed at returning Guyana to normalcy. A meeting between the two is expected to be convened before mid-week.

Stabroek News understands too that the PNC's nominee for the conduct of dialogue between the two parties is its General Secretary, Aubrey Norton. The PPP/Civic has already announced that PPP executive and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon was named as its representative to conduct the dialogue.

A key section of the two-party pact requires the PPP/Civic and the PNC to initiate arrangements for "sustained dialogue" with a view to building greater harmony and resolving issues on which agreement can be reached.