Hoyte wants `fruitful' forum with President

Stabroek News
March 30, 1998

People's National Congress (PNC) leader, Desmond Hoyte, yesterday maintained his position that an arrangement must be set up which would ensure that any meeting between himself and President Janet Jagan would be fruitful.

This was his reaction when approached by the Stabroek News for a comment on a report by the Guyana Information Services (GIS) and the Mirror newspaper saying that he was to blame for a meeting not coming off between the two leaders which former president of Guyana, Arthur Chung, was trying to arrange.

Both the GIS and the Mirror reported that Chung had tried to arrange the meeting after President Jagan had agreed to meet with Hoyte. Chung is reported to have received an expression of interest from Hoyte at a dinner party they both attended when he had broached the subject with him.

The reports said that the meeting fell through when Hoyte had failed to give a firm commitment when later contacted by Chung.

Hoyte also said that the advertisement by nine prominent Guyanese in the Stabroek News last week calling on the leadership of the two parties to begin to seriously give attention to the "creation of a type of society that includes all of us", was an exercise of their democratic right. This was his response when asked by Stabroek News to comment on the call made in the advertisement.

The nine who have made the appeal are attorneys-at-law Rex McKay, Miles Fitzpatrick, Nigel Hughes and Randolph Kirton, chartered accountant Christopher Ram, women's activist, Andaiye, former Guyana and West Indies cricket captain, Clive Lloyd and former PNC general secretary, Dr Kenneth King.