Jagdeo defers comment on talks with Corbin
Stabroek News
April 3, 2004

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President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday declined to comment on the statement by Opposition Leader Robert Corbin announcing his disengagement from the talks between the two.

Speaking with reporters at a press conference he hosted yesterday at the Office of the President, Jagdeo said that he would be making a statement soon about Corbin's proposal that future discussions on matters of critical national importance should include civil society organisations and all the parliamentary political parties.

The President explained that he did not "want to be sucked into lengthy rhetoric" which he said the country was fed up with.

However, he said that he has some serious issues about which he would speak in the near future.

He added that there has been too much rhetoric already "where people contrary to the facts try to portray themselves as being reasonable and angels" and that he was tired of being sucked into these things.

But commenting on Corbin's call for a broader consultation process, Jagdeo said that he was always open to dialogue once it would further the interest of the Guyanese people, adding that it takes courage to talk.