The Government of Guyana today condemned the continued harassment being meted out to Guyanese fisherfolk by the Surinamese government.
In a statement, the Government also called out of the Government of Suriname over its failure to grant licenses to Guyanese fishermen in keeping with a commitment made by Suriname almost two years ago.
The Guyana Government had requested that 150 Surinamese licences be issued to Guyanese fishermen to allow them to ply their trade in Surinamese Ocean waters, but there has been no move on the request.
The Government said that to date, it has not been advised on the status on the issuances of the licenses.
It noted that in the absence of the issuance of the licences, Guyanese fisherfolk continue to face harassment at the hands of the Surinamese authorities, including fishing vessels that are stranded in Suriname and cannot return to Guyana for fear of losing their licences.
The Government of Guyana said it is calling on the Government of Suriname to not renege in its commitment and to make known the current position of the issuance of the licences.