Terror campaign condemned in Parliament
July 12, 2002
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The attack on the Presidential Complex on July 3, which was followed by arson, looting and beating of innocent men and women, also resulted in the shooting to death of two of the invaders by security forces.
Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation, Mr. Clement Rohee charged that the attack on the Presidential Complex was an attempt on the life of President Bharrat Jagdeo, and to overthrow the Government.
He welcomed the condemnation of the attack by CARICOM Heads of Government and the Governments of the U.S., Britain and Canada.
Questioning the "senseless" actions organised by the Opposition PNC/R, Mr. Rohee declared: "What is happening now? Is it bringing any benefit to anyone? Who stands to benefit? Nobody!"
"Is the PNC/R benefiting? Are they benefiting from their absence from Parliament? No! If they scare away investors, if this country is destroyed, will the PNC/R benefit? Will their supporters benefit? Nobody will benefit. All of us are going to suffer", he added.
Describing the PNC/R's terror campaign as a "dangerous misadventure", he called on the Opposition party to resume the dialogue process now.
Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy told the sitting that since 1992 the PNC/R has "been creating problems" and "there must be absolutely no doubt who is responsible for the problems facing the country."
He said every time "we stand up" and refuse to condemn this atrocity, the more "we are encouraging anarchy".
He further stated: "We must reconcile ourselves to the fact that there can only be one President at a time. We must also recognise that there are other roles to play in the development of the country."
Ramsammy referred to the reduction of poverty in Guyana from 85 per cent to 30 per cent under the PPP/C Government, but said, "This was not enough. We must unite to completely remove poverty. It is the responsibility of all of us."
Appealing to the PNC/R to restart the dialogue with the Government, he said "dialogue does not bring results overnight."
"It can be excruciatingly painful but we must continue talking until there are results", he urged.
Minister of Trade, Tourism and Industry, Mr. Manzoor Nadir said the attack on the Presidential Complex "can only be seen as the first attempt to overthrow the Government."
"All of them who invaded the Office of the President and those who incited them should be charged with treason", he declared.
Nadir said the PNC/R's attempts to destabilise the Government are a continuing process and listed the following acts:
** Attempts to scare away investors.
** Attempts at economic sabotage.
** Rumour-mongering like statements that the Guyana Defence Force does not want to work alongside the Police Force.
He urged the PNC/R to resume the dialogue process in the interest of Guyana.
Mr. Ravi Dev of the ROAR party said that the horrendous events of July 3 were not in the interest of Guyana.
He said, "Whenever the PNC/R wants to control marchers, they can do so. The PNC is well aware of the circumstances under which it organised the march. The PNC must be censured.
"We have to speak out and speak out forcefully. The PNC brought people from all over the country and let them loose on innocent people."
WPA/GAP Parliamentarians, Ms. Sheila Holder and Ms. Shirley Melville condemned "all forms of violence", but refrained from condemning the party responsible. (GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AGENCY)