PNCR seeks Caricom discussion on Guyana situation
Stabroek News
January 31, 2004

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Leader of the PNCR, and of the Opposition, Robert Corbin yesterday dispatched a letter to the Chairman of Caricom, Jamaica Prime Minister P J Patterson, requesting that the political situation facing Guyana be placed on the agenda for discussion by CARICOM leaders meeting in Kingston this weekend.

A press release from the PNCR said that the party yesterday asked the Secretary General of CARICOM to facilitate the urgent transmission of Corbin's letter to the CARICOM leaders who are scheduled to meet on the situation in Haiti.

"We hope that they will address this issue as a matter of urgency," the party stated.

It said further that it had been hesitant to seek such a full involvement of CARICOM before giving President Jagdeo the opportunity to demonstrate that, as Head of State, he is prepared to act firmly and resolutely in the national interest.

"Unfortunately, his response has been rather disappointing and is an insult to the people of Guyana," the PNCR contended. This statement appeared to be in relation to the President's treatment of recent death squad allegations.

The party and other groups have been calling on the government to investigate allegations of the existence of a so-called killing squad. The PNCR has also said that Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj should resign to allow an independent commission to investigate the allegations that he knew about the squad's activities.

In addition to Patterson, the meeting will be attended by Trinidadian Prime Minister Patrick Manning and Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie.