Communiqué addresses array of mutual commitments

Guyana Chronicle
May 8, 2003

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The recent communiqué signed by President Bharrat Jagdeo and Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin addresses a comprehensive array of mutual issues, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon said at his weekly news conference yesterday.

“The communiqué revealed a very comprehensive array of mutual commitments, perhaps the most comprehensive array of commitments in Guyana’s recent political history,” Dr. Luncheon declared.

Agreements reached address outstanding issues in the areas of Parliament, constitutional reform and activities relating to the bi-partisan joint committees established during the dialogue between the late Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Desmond Hoyte and President Bharrat Jagdeo, the HPS said.

Dr. Luncheon opined that the return of the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) to Parliament should now see a packed parliamentary programme, and Cabinet views this development with great expectations with the Guyanese people being the ultimate winners.

Last Tuesday a communiqué was signed by the President and the Leader of the Opposition, effectively bringing to an end the political impasse existing between the two sides for almost a year.

At the conclusion of the signing of the document Mr. Corbin declared that it was not an occasion for victors and vanquished, stating that there are no losers in such a process. “There are only winners, and I think the winners are the people of Guyana,” he affirmed.

President Jagdeo described the occasion as a “landmark” for Guyana and considered the agreement as having great importance for the new constitution. He added that he hopes that such engagements should not become an event but the norm.

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