Opposition involved in `secret' meeting in Trinidad
Guyana Chronicle
September 24, 2002

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RELIABLE sources in Trinidad and Tobago have said that persons opposed to the Government of Guyana, representatives of local interest groups and others met several days ago at the Hilton Hotel in the twin-island republic.

Among those who participated in what the sources described as a "very secretive meeting", were former Advisor to ex-President Mr. Desmond Hoyte, Mr. David Granger, Dr. Clive Thomas of the Working People's Alliance and Editor-in-Chief of the Stabroek News, Mr. David de Caires.

It was not clear what the agenda of the meeting was and why it was held at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel.

The sources said the meeting might have addressed the political situation in Guyana, the proposals being put forward by the Guyana Bar Association, the Private Sector Commission and the Trades Union Congress for the joint consultation of political parties and even exploring ways for some individuals to enter Government though the back door.

Meanwhile, a political observer has expressed concern about the key role being played by former PNC Deputy Prime Minister and Advisor to Congress Place, Mr. Haslyn Parris, in crafting positions and discussion papers for the effort by the `social partners' to restore the dialogue between the Government and the Opposition.

"If this is true, the entire effort could be further compromised by Mr. Parris given his position in the PNC/R," he said.

October 12, 2002

THE Chronicle inadvertently named Mr. David Granger as being part of a meeting in Trinidad in our item headed `Opposition involved in `secret' meeting in Trinidad' on page one of our September 24, 2002 issue. We have been contacted by Mr. Granger indicating he was not part of that meeting and this we have since verified.