GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 13, CMC – Guyana Wednesday reiterated its adherence to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries as Sarah-Ann Lynch presented her credentials to President David Granger as the United States new Ambassador to the Caribbean community (CARICOM) country.
“Our relations have cemented cooperation in the fields of commerce, defence, the economy, energy, public health, public security and youth empowerment.
“Our relations are founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security,’ Granger said during the ceremony to accept the credentials of the new diplomat, who has replaced Perry Holloway.
Granger said that Guyana is committed to ensuring that the Caribbean and the South American continent remain a zone of peace.
“Peace in our region could be endangered by transnational threats such as trafficking in people, weapons and narcotics; money laundering; illegal migration; environmental hazards and territorial aggressions.
“Guyana is a small state. It is resolved, however, to defend its territory, dismantle transnational criminal networks and develop its natural resources for the benefit of its people. The capabilities of the criminal cartels could exceed those of small states such as Guyana. We must seek support, through partnerships with other states which have an interest in preserving the Caribbean and the South American Continent as a zone of peace.”
He said the Caribbean country was looking forward to the support of friendly states in its legitimate quest to protect itself against threats to its people, its economy and its territorial integrity and sovereignty, an apparent reference to the border dispute with Venezuela, which is claiming ownership of a significant part of the country.
“The preservation of regional peace and stability is vital to protecting our common interests. We welcome investment from foreign firms and will work towards ensuring a safe, stable and secure environment for investors,’ Granger said, adding that Guyana, in this regard, is moving towards the establishment of a ‘green state’ within the Guiana Shield of the South American continent.
He said the ‘green state’ would emphasise the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adaption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.
In his remarks, Granger made no reference to the ongoing political stalemate in the country, but the US diplomat said “moving forward, we will continue to encourage genuinely free and fair elections, freedom of speech and assembly, multiparty representation and a constitutional judiciary process.
“Guyana is embarking upon a time of significant transition and growth and I am excited to be in Guyana for this moment in history. Your nation is poised to become a regional leader with unprecedented opportunity,” Lynch said, adding “at this moment of incredible potential, we must continue to rely on each other”.