PPP/C will attend Monday meeting
November 23, 2002
The PPP/C will take part in the proposed meeting with the other parliamentary parties on Monday in support of the Social Partners efforts to achieve a consensus on its draft communique on crime.
Information Liaison to the President and member of the PPP/C delegation, Robert Persaud said in a comment yesterday that the party is going into the meeting with the genuine desire to support the Social Partners' effort to achieve a consensus on a crime communique that represents the sentiments of all Guyanese.
Persaud said the proposed meeting is as a result of the draft communique being rejected by the PNCR, "a significant departure by Congress Place from its earlier submission to, and discussion with the Social Partners."
He said several of the PNCR's latest amendments were irrelevant.
Persaud said Dr Peter deGroot, spokesman for the Partners had been informed of the party's participation.
The meeting was convened after the PPP/C and the PNCR expressed confidence in the Social Partners' ability to forge a consensus on a joint communique with which all the parties could be comfortable and which could be endorsed by President Bharrat Jagdeo and Leader of the Opposition, Desmond Hoyte, in their constitutional capacities.
Two representatives from each of the parliamentary parties and the government are expected to attend the meeting which would look at the draft communique and the amendments which had been circulated.
Following a number of amendments by the PNCR to the draft communique which the partners had said showed its best efforts at reflecting the various positions of the parties, the Social Partners wrote the two parties suggesting that they meet to bridge their differences.
The Social Partners prepared their final draft after more than four weeks of shuttling between the two parties.
Among the PNCR's recommendations are, a recognition in the preamble to the document of the role being played by white collar crime, the growth of gangsterism and drug-trafficking; the role of good governance and the role it must play in resolving the present political and other difficulties; the immediate replacement of the `Black Clothes Police'; an immediate increase in the salaries of policemen; and the holding in abeyance of the anti-crime legislation recently enacted while it is being reviewed to see what amendments, if any, are necessary.