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Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Britain tells Guyana to try solving its internal problems..

Britain believes that Guyana should try to solve its own political impasse before seeking external assistance.

While the combined opposition has largely resisted calls by the President Donald Ramotar administration for talks on major issues that triggered the no-confidence motion and subsequent suspension of Parliament, the Alliance For Change (AFC) believes that there is room for international mediation.

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AFC Chairman, Nigel Hughes floated the idea at a weekend rally organized by the major opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).

But British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre stressed that Parliament should re-sit swiftly and get on with the business of running the country.

The envoy prefers Guyanese rather than international mediators to find solutions to the political problems facing then country.

The President has said that he would call elections if there are no talks or fruitless discussions with the opposition.  The voters list is currently valid until January 31, 2015.

The opposition parties had wanted to pass a no-confidence motion because of the President’s refusal to assent laws that have been approved by the opposition, alleged unauthorized spending of monies from the consolidated fund,  and the ignoring of opposition-approved parliamentary motions on a range of national issues.

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Britain says international mediation in Guyana’s political impasse a last resort

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