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Brief Opening Remarks to the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers by the Hon. Carl B. Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs , Guyana
Secretary General Colleague Ministers and other Heads of Delegations; Distinguished Delegates; Representatives of the Media; Ladies and Gentlemen
Allow me, as Chairman of the Community Council of Ministers, the second highest organ in the Community, to commence in the customary manner by extending a warm welcome to all, those of you here in Guyana and those joining the meeting via video-conference, my best wishes for a successful 2017.
Secretary General, Colleague Ministers, delegates, I wish to state from the outset that it is my expectation that our deliberations, over the next two days or possibly shorter, will indeed be fruitful. My optimism that we will be able to move with some alacrity is however tempered by the fact that we have an agenda that is rather comprehensive, covering a plethora of issues that require deep thought and analysis. I hope, Ministers and delegates, that we will be able to move with some dispatch. I therefore solicit your assistance in this regard.
Of particular importance to us is the need to emerge from this meeting of the Council with an agenda worthy of the consideration of our Heads of Government when they meet during the 28th Meeting of the Inter- sessional scheduled for February 16 and 17, 2017 in Guyana. That agenda, in my opinion, should be focused and concise, aimed at engendering strategic evaluation and analysis of the many challenges that confront our region.
As you are aware, Guyana has the distinct honour to act as host of the Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference under the Chairmanship of His Excellency President David Granger and, in this regard, I wish to assure you that the necessary arrangements are being made to ensure the successful staging of this Conference.
Even further, as we examine the various items on our agenda, the challenge is for us to move beyond the realm of rhetoric to the formulation of an approach that would lead to greater coordination and implementation of regional decisions.
Before I conclude, I would like to extend condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and to the wife and family of Ambassador Lincoln Cumberbatch on their bereavement. Ambassador Cumberbatch had served as Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador to Brussels with distinction.
In conclusion, I wish to reiterate my call for us to work expeditiously to ensure that the discussions are, as usual, meaningful and results oriented.
I thank you.
ADVISORY FOR ALL PERSONS TRAVELING TO THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAME
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana wishes to inform members of the public that all persons travelling to the Republic of Suriname are required to present a valid Certificate of Vaccination (yellow fever card) at the respective ports of entry. Travelers should note that they are required to have the vaccination at least 10 days prior to arrival in Suriname.
Meeting between the Hon. Carl B. Greenidge Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs and His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Guyana
Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Carl Greenidge, today met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Guyana, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada.
During the meeting, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada expressed appreciation for the support received from the Government of Guyana on various issues of mutual concern. He noted that earlier in the day, he signed a grassroots human security project for Waramadong Village, Upper Mazaruni, which would allow for the construction of a skills development centre where youth in the area would benefit from training in the areas of forestry, carpentry and small business management.
Furthermore, the hosting of a reception later in the day for the first time in Guyana in honour of the celebration of the eighty-third birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan was significant as it symbolized the importance that the Government of Japan placed on strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Guyana and Japan have a very cordial relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.
Appointment of His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ziauddin Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
The first Non-Resident Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Mohammad Ziauddin, today presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
Prior to accreditation, Ambassador Ziauddin met with the Honourable Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl B. Greenidge. They discussed areas of possible cooperation between the two countries.
His Excellency Mohammad Ziauddin began his career in Foreign Affairs in 1974. His previous posts include Ambassador at Large for the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the Honourable Sheikh Hasina, Director General of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Protocol to the Government of Bangladesh, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative in the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations.
The appointment of H.E Mohammad Ziauddin will serve to strengthen ties between Guyana and Bangladesh and create new areas of collaboration that will benefit both countries.
Guyana and Bangladesh established diplomatic relations on March 24, 1972. Since then, the two countries have collaborated at the multilateral level, in institutions such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth.
Appointment of His Excellency Mr. Jukka Pietikäinen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
His Excellency Mr. Jukka Pietikäinen, today presented his letters of Credence to His Excellency President David Granger of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana as non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and of the Republic of Finland to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
Prior to his accreditation, Ambassador Pietikäinen met with Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Carl Greenidge. They discussed, among other issues, areas for possible cooperation between Guyana and Finland, particularly in the area of renewable energy, as well as Finland’s candidature to the UNESCO Executive Board for the period 2017 to 2021.
H.E. Mr. Jukka Pietikäinen holds a Master in Social Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He has worked with Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including in overseas Missions in New York, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Madrid, Columbia, Bern and Bogotá. He is fluent in Finish (his mother tongue), Swedish, English, Spanish, French and German.
The appointment of H.E. Ambassador Mr. Jukka Pietikäinen will further strengthen the existing relations between Guyana and Finland and provide an impetus to explore new areas for collaboration.
Guyana and Finland established diplomatic relations on April 2, 1979. Relations between the two countries are cordial.
Appointment of His Excellency Mr. Ronald Donin de Rosière as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Mr. Ronald Donin de Rosière, today presented his letters of Credence to His Excellency President David Granger of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
Following his accreditation, the Ambassador met with Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Carl Greenidge. They discussed, among other issues, possible areas of cooperation and various challenges that impact the relationship between states.
The appointment of H.E. Ambassador Ronald Donin de Rosière will further strengthen and enhance the existing relations between the two countries.
The Order of Malta is involved in a number of humanitarian activities worldwide. It has assisted with two community development projects in Guyana, the construction of the Mercy Wing vocational centre in Sophia and of the community development centre in New Amsterdam.
Guyana and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta established diplomatic relations on May 19, 1999.
Statement by the Government of Guyana on the Decision by the United Nations Secretary General
We are pleased to be able to convey to the people of Guyana that a new point of promise in our relations with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has been reached.
It has long been the accepted position of all Governments in Guyana that the best means of settlement of our controversy with Venezuela should be a reference of it to the International Court of Justice. We consider that controversy to be essentially a legal question and one eminently susceptible to a legal process of settlement.
There can be no higher tribunal for this purpose than the International Court of Justice (on which once sat our own distinguished son Mohammed Shahabuddeen) to determine this matter on a definite basis. The Secretary General of the United Nations acting under the 1966 Geneva Agreement has informed the President of his decision to give the ‘good offices’ process one last period of twelve months, that is to the end of 2017.
If, at the end of that period, the Secretary-General concludes that significant progress has not been made towards arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.
The Government of Guyana accepts the decision of the Secretary General. We stand committed to using our best endeavours to fulfill its highest expectations. The Government will be writing formally to him as well as to the President of Venezuela to indicate our acceptance of this decision.
We believe that, in taking this decision, the Secretary General has remained loyal to the sacred mission of the United Nations to uphold the law and maintain the peace between nations – small and large. Guyana will do everything in its power to ensure that his expectations, and those of his successor to whom the mandate of implementation now falls – as well as our expectations are fulfilled. The Government calls upon all Guyanese to support the process that now lies ahead in the confidence that it will lead to a just and binding resolution of the discords that have plagued our development for so long. It is a fitting advance in this fiftieth year of our independence.
May God continue to bless our nation in this noble cause.
H.E. Ambassador David Hales just after presenting his letters of credence to His Royal Highness King Philippe as Guyana's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belgium on October 4, 2016 at the Royal Palace of Brussels
Culture Day at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The participants in Cultural event are seen here on the lawns of Ramphal House along with Professor Nelson
On November the 17th last a most colorful event was held in the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The students who are participants in the Spanish Language and Culture Course mounted a cultural exhibition which showcased the food, dress, drinks, cigars, and wines, from 13 Latin Countries including; Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The exhibition was part of the course and it was the idea of Professor Nelson Giraldo, who is its Instructor. Each country had a booth above which was its national flag. As can be seen from the pictures this was a memorable and well organized event. In putting the entire event together Professor Nelson was ably assisted by Ms Malini Da Silva, the Programme officer of the Foreign Service Institute.
Commencement of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Application Processing System (CAPS) Read Here
His Excellency Ambassador George Talbot just after presenting his Letters of Credence to H.E. Michel Temer, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
His Excellency President David Granger during an official State Visit to the Republic of Chile held bilateral talks with his counterpart, Her Excellency President Michelle Bachelet which saw the inking of the Open Skies Air Services Agreement and the Reciprocal Visa Abolition Agreement. The Agreements were signed by Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and Chile: Hon. Carl B. Greenidge and Hon. Heraldo Muñoz at El Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago on October 24, 2016. Read Here
Hon. Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan with Director General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission
Guyana receives over 24 Million Euros from the European Union under the Accompanying Measures Programme for sugar
On Tuesday October 25, 2016, Mr Stefano Manservisi, Director General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission and Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed documents triggering the release to Guyana of over 24,424,000 Euros. This sum is related to the Action Programme adopted by Guyana in the context of the Accompanying Measures Programme (AMP) for Sugar established by the European Union. The EU had suspended disbursements to Guyana following the Prorogation of Parliament by former President Donald Ramotar. Read Here
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to categorically state that a post appearing on Facebook today, 21 October 2016, insinuating that Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carl B. Greenidge, had been the subject of an arrest while pursuing the Government of Guyana’s business overseas, is utterly false.
The Ministry wishes to emphatically state that neither had the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs ever carried, or been arrested with any drugs or any illegal substance in the USA or anywhere else.
As a matter of fact, while this puerile Facebook post was being circulated yesterday, the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs was actually on his way back from representing the Government of Guyana at a ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic States in Uzbekistan.
Vice President Greenidge, has since dismissed the Facebook story as malicious and apparently politically motivated.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, H.E. Bayney Karran presented to H.E. President Xi Jinping, the Letter of Credence accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the People’s Republic of China and the Letter of Recall of his Predecessor.
H.E. Ambassador Halim Majeed addresses the gahtering in Havana, Cuba on the event of the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Terrorist Bombing of Cubana Flight CU-455. To the left is a Monument unveiled in rememberance of the 73 victims of this disaster.
Guyana's Ambassador to the United Nations Organisations (Geneva), Dr. J. R. Deep Ford presenting his credentials to Director General Michael Moller at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa congratulating H.E. Dr. Cyril Kenrick Hunte shortly after presenting his credentials as Guyana's High Commissioner at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guess House, Bryntirion Estate, Pretoria South Africa.
Honourable Carl Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Mr. Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic after the signing on the margins of the 71st UNGA
Guyana and the Kyrgyz Republic established diplomatic relations on Friday, September 23, 2016 with the signature of a Joint Communiqué in the margins of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Read Here
Guyana's new High Commissioner H.E. Dr. David G. Pollard, presents his credentials to H.E. Pranab Mukherjee, President of the Republic of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
H.E. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America and Dr. Riyad Insanally, recently appointed Ambassador of Guyana to the United States
Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow (right), new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guyana to the United Nations with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the presentation of his credentials at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
Ambassador Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow was today accredited as the Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations
The 3rd edition of Learning Spanish as a Foreign Language was opened on the 10th August, 2016 at the Foreign Service Institute. This initiative is done in collaboration with the Government of Colombia which will see over 50 persons from various public service entities being trained over a 4 month period.
Present at the opening ceremony were (RTL): Ambassador Ronald Austin, Director of the Foreign Service Institute, Professor Nelson Girlado, the course principal and Ms. Sondra Cheong, Foreign Service Officer II with responsibility for Guyana/Colombia Bilateral Relations
Vice President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl B. Greenidge presenting the Exequatur to Mr. Ramesh Persaud, Honorary Consul to the Repubalic of Poland. Also present to witness the presentation was Director General (ag), Ambassador Audrey Jardine-Waddell
H.E. Brigadier (Ret'd) President David Granger and Vice-President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Carl B. Greenidge with Guyana's new Heads of Missions at the recently concluded Orientation Programme (June 25, 2016) (from l-r) Vice President & Minister of Foreign Affairs - Carl Greenidge, Dr. Kenrick Hunte - High Commissioner (designate) South Africa, Ms. Barbara Atherly - Consul General (designate) New York, Dr. Shamir Ally - Ambassador (designate) Kuwait, H.E. President David Granger, Dr. Deep Ford - Ambassador (designate) Switzerland, Mr. Michael Ten-Pow - Ambassador (designate) United Nations New York, Dr. David Hales - Ambassador (designate) Belgium, Audrey Jardine-Waddell - Ambassador & Director General (ag) MFA. Absent from the photo is Dr. David Pollard - Ambassador (Designate) India
Response by the Government of Guyana to the statements made by the Government of Venezuela with respect to the shooting incident in the Cuyuni River on May 30, 2016 Read Here
Guyana ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change Read Here
His Excellency Ambassador George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations, presents the instrument of ratification to Mr. Santiago Villalpando, the Chief of the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs, in a simple ceremony at the United Nations, New York.
Vice President Carl B. Greenidge signing the book of condolence at the EU Delegation office extending sympathy and solidarity with the people of Belgium on the occasion of the terrorist bombing on the morning of 22 March 2016 at Brussels Airport in Zaventem and at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, which killed several people. The Minister signed the book on his way to Timehri Airport. Looking on is the Chargé d’Affairs of the EU Delegation to Guyana. The Vice-President worked in Brussels for some eight years during his tenure in Belgium as Deputy Secretary General (DSG) and subsequently SG of the ACP Group in Brussels.
BILATERAL CONSULTATIONS HELD BETWEEN OFFICIALS OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE COOPERATIVE REPUBLIC OF GUYANA AND OFFICIALS OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF GEORGIA Press Release by the Ministry Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the Bilateral Consultations held with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on April 13, 2016 Read Here
H.E. Mr. David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and team in consultations with Hon. Carl B. Greenidge, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs and team
Address by H.E. Brigadier David Granger on the occasion of the Paris Agreement Signature Ceremony (New York, USA)...Read Here
Press Release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in response to breach of contract claim by former High Commissioner of Guyana to Canada Read Here
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to announce that approval was received from the respective Governments for the following appointments: • High Commissioner of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to South Africa - Dr. Kenrick Hunte; • Ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the United States of America – Dr. Riyad Insanally; • Consul General, Barbados – Mrs. Cita Pilgrim; • Consul General, Boa Vista – Ms. Shirley Melville The List of Heads of Missions appointed so far will now be as follows: Embassies and High Commissions 1. Venezuela - Cheryl Miles 2. Suriname - Keith George 3. Brazil - George Talbot 4. Belgium - David Hales 5. London - Hamley Case 6. Canada - Clarissa Rheil 7. Cuba - Halim Majeed 8. China - Bayney Karran 9. South Africa - Dr. Kenrick Hunte 10. USA - Dr. Riyad Insanally Consulates 1. Nickerie, Suriname - Esther Griffith 2. Boa Vista, Brazil - Shirley Melville 3. Bridgetown, Barbados - Cita Pilgrim
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to announce that Agrément was received from the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil for the appointment of H.E. Mr. George Wilfred Talbot, as the next resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Mr. Talbot is a career Diplomat who joined the Foreign Service in 1993. He currently serves as the Permanent Representative of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the United Nations, a position he held since January 2012. He is also the current non-resident Ambassador to the State of Israel and non-resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia. Attached hereto is a copy of the Curriculum Vitae of Ambassador George W. Talbot.
Fifty years after the completion of the Geneva Agreement and one hundred and sixteen years after an international arbitral tribunal had fully, perfectly and finally determined the boundary between the former colony of British Guiana and Venezuela, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela continues to postulate and inflate.... Continue Reading
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that Agrément has been received for the following Diplomatic appointments:
1. Mr. Frederick Hamley Case High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
2. Ms Clarissa Sabita Riehl High Commissioner to Canada
3. Ambassador Bayney Karran Ambassador to China
4. Mr. David T. A. Hales Ambassador to Belgium
5. Mr. Halim Majeed Ambassador to Cuba
6. Ms Esther Griffith Consul General, Nickerie
Arrangements are currently being made for the abovementioned persons to take up their respective appointments.
The Ministry wishes to inform also that Ambassador. Ivan Evelyn, former Ambassador of Guyana to Brazil will replace Ms Esther Griffith as the Chief of Protocol
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has released the Third Trade Policy Review for Guyana - September 2015. You may view this resource hereLinks to previous Trade Policy Reviews can be located in the right pane of this page under the heading Foreign Trade
This year is the 50th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence. It is not co-incidental that today is also the 50th Anniversary of the Geneva Agreement....Read More
Conclusion of Agreement for the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Mutual Visits of Nationals of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Nationals of the Russian Federation Read Here
Visit of the Second United Nations Team to Guyana Read Here
Stop Over by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Mood Read Here
MEETING CHAIRED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS WITH THEIR EXCELLENCIES THE PRESIDENTS OF GUYANA AND VENEZUELA. Read Here
Misconceptions in Media Reports Relating to the Guyana/Venezuela Controversy
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Malentendidos en Informes de Media de la Controversia de Guyana y Venezuela
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Statement delivered by H.E. Brigadier David A. Granger on the occasion of the MERCOSUR Summit, Brasilia, Brazil. Read Here
The Honourable Carl Greenidge, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Mr. Bryan Hunt, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America today signed the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Letter of Agreement Three Point One. Read More
Address by H.E. Brigadier David Granger, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Read Here
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