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Guyana says increased Venezuelan military activity off Essequibo Region

Guyana’s Foreign Minister Hugh Todd on Thursday said there has been increased Venezuelan military presence in the Atlantic sea offshore Essequibo following the unilateral delimitation of the maritime boundary up to the eastern bank of the Essequibo River. “Following the announcement of President [Nicolás] Maduro’s Decree of 7 January 2021, there was increased activity in Guyana’s maritime space by Venezuelan ...

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Regional, international pressure mounts on Venezuela to release Guyanese fishing boats, crew

Venezuela is coming under mounting international pressure to release two Guyanese fishing vessels and 11 crew members that were intercepted by the Venezuelan Navy in Atlantic waters that both neighbouring South American nations claim as theirs. The United States (US), the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the 15-nation Caribbean Community called separately for the crew and vessels, Lady Nayera ...

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APNU+AFC files questions again concerning US Secretary of State’s visit after House Speaker disallows first batch

The opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) on Tuesday filed questions again on the visit by United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, hours after House Speaker Manzoor Nadir refused to entertain several questions without notice on the same issue. Mr Nadir told the House that the questions by frontbencher Amanza Walton-Desir to Foreign Affairs Minister ...

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Granger denies he or gov’t hired US lobbying firm, despite official documents

President David Granger on Friday distanced himself and his caretaker administration from a United States (US) lobbying firm, despite official records filed with the United States government, stating that the Ministry of the Presidency is the client and that its Director-General, Joseph Harmon is the point person. “The Government of Guyana has not hired JJ&B, LLC and has no contractual ...

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“Upset” supporters paying for government-hired US lobbying firm to counter PPP messages

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Retired Lt. Col. Joseph Harmon on Thursday denied that taxpayers monies were used to pay a United States (US) lobbying firm to ease American pressure concerning electoral transparency, insteading saying the funds were amassed by overseas-based supporters. “I would say to you that this is not funds that have been from the government. ...

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Gov’t warns US that PPP poses geo-political, economic risks to South America

The incumbent A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition administration, labelling itself as “pro-American”, is warning the United States (US) that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) poses a geopolitical and economic threat due its close ties with China, Russia and Venezuela. “If the PPP gets control of Guyana, China and Russia will control the Northern region of ...

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PPP accuses gov’t of spending taxpayers money to defend APNU+AFC in US; Harmon defends decision for gov’t, country

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday accused government of spending thousands of United States (US) dollars of taxpayers’ money to pay an American lobbying firm to defend A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) against claims of electoral process, but a top government official fired back, saying that government has a legitimate right to defend Guyana’s image. ...

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OAS elections observer mission calls for removal of biased persons from national vote recount

The Organisation of American States (OAS) election observer mission on Wednesday frowned on Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield’s proposed 156-day duration for a recount of votes cast in general elections in March. The Chief of the OAS Observer Mission, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding also issued a call for the removal of biased persons from the recount ...

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US ready to work with GECOM, international observers on recount -Pompeo

United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has welcomed the decision by Guyana’s court system that effectively paves the way for a national recount of votes cast in last month’s general elections and pledged to work with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and foreign observers to get the task done. “We’d also like to commend Guyana’s High Court for ...

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Former ACP Secretary-General, US Ambassador, private sector weigh in on sanctions, democracy

Former Secretary-General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, Dr Patrick Gomes has cautioned Guyana against ignoring threats of sanction by key western nations and international organisations. “The threats and warnings of sanctions from major powers with whom trade, development and investment must rid our country of poverty, illiteracy and inadequate health care for all Guyanese must be taken ...

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