Donor community in bid to resurrect dialogue
Stabroek News
May 1, 2004

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The international donor community is playing an active role in helping to resolve the political impasse between the government and the parliamentary opposition.

It initiated a meeting with the parliamentary opposition on Thursday and was scheduled to meet President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday.

The representatives of the parliamentary opposition have declined to disclose what transpired at the meeting but said that they expect to meet the community again after its discussions with Jagdeo.

Stabroek News understands that the community, whose effort is being co-ordinated by the United Nations Development Programme wrote to Jagdeo and the parliamentary opposition expressing its concern about the breakdown of the constructive engagement process and sought separate meetings with the two sides initially to try find a way of resolving the impasse.

At his party's general council meeting last weekend, PNCR leader Robert Corbin said that there could be no movement in the dialogue with Jagdeo until the government mounted an inquiry into the allegations that Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj had links to a death squad set up to eliminate criminals.

Following receipt of the letter, Stabroek News understands that the parliamentary opposition met to iron out a number of proposals they would put forward when they met the donor community.

The international donor community was part of the stakeholder group which was being briefed on the progress of the constructive engagement process.

Stabroek News understands that there has been no attempt as yet to convene a meeting of this grouping given Corbin's proposal that discussions about matters of critical national importance should include all the parliamentary opposition parties as well as civil society organisations.

A number of these organisations including the Guyana Council of Churches, the Private Sector Commission as well as the smaller political parties, have welcomed Corbin's proposal. But they have yet to work out how such a meeting will be convened and who will be at the table, given the concern that the groups involved must represent a constituency and its officials elected by that constituency.