Addressing a crowd of overseas-based Guyanese on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York Thursday evening, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Karen Cummings said the oil boom about to flood Guyana is causing many internal and external forces to become “envious and sceptical of the country’s progress and prospects.”
“When you see local and international actors behaving in a particular way, you must understand what is inspiring them. In return, as never before, we must be strong in our defence of Guyana. Be informed. Avoid fake news. Be vigilant, be involved. We must be patriots as never before. Don’t give way to skepticism, or tribalism, but rise above these challenges that would detract from the journey of destiny on which we embark,” Minister Cummings told the diaspora at the Medgar Evers College, in Brooklyn.
The Minister’s comments are similar in nature to utterances made by President David Granger last Sunday. The President made strong references to foreign powers, particularly former “colonisers”, now seeking to direct the affairs of Guyana.
These positions are being voiced in the aftermath of a joint statement issued by the European Union (EU), United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) that called on President Granger to act in accordance with the constitution and name a date for elections.