Cholmondeley meets parties --`Wise men' may return

Stabroek News
February 20, 1998

The CARICOM Heads of Government due here next week in connection with the implementation of the Herdmanston Accord may be accompanied by one or more members of the three-man goodwill mission which brokered the Accord with assistance from UN consultant, Guyanese-born Hugh Cholmondeley.

Cholmondeley, who is at present in Guyana has been meeting with the leadership of the People's Progressive Party (PPP)/Civic and the People's National Congress, the signatories to the Accord.

Meanwhile, with agreement reached on the composition of the team to conduct the audit of the December 15, elections and the enabling legislation to facilitate the audit, the dialogue between the two parties, according to sources close to both parties, has begun to move away from formal meetings to more informal contacts.

The dialogue is being conducted at two levels - between the plenipotentenaries charged with overseeing the implementation of the Accord and those charged with conducting the dialogue between them to ensure the appropriate environment is created for the implementation of the menu of measures in the Accord.

Michael Shree Chan and Haslyn Parris are the plenipotentiaries for the PPP/Civic and PNC respectively and the PPP/Civic's Dr Roger Luncheon and PNC general secretary, Aubrey Norton, are charged with conducting the dialogue for their respective parties.

As a result of the progress made on the audit team and the enabling legislation, the way has been cleared for the series of solidarity visits by the heads of the CARICOM member states.

Due here next week is expected to be a three-man prime ministerial team, headed by CARICOM chairman, Grenada's prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell and including Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados and Basdeo Panday of Trinidad and Tobago.

It is anticipated that either one or all three members of the goodwill mission which was headed by former Barbados Foreign Minister and Attorney General Sir Henry Forde, and which brokered the agreement, is likely to travel with the team, but sources close to the CARICOM Secretariat said yesterday that the arrangements were still to be finalised.