The Assistant US Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere matters, Michael Kozak today announced that the US Government was moving to impose additional visa sanctions on senior officials in Guyana over the elections situation and what the US considers the undermining of democracy.
During a media briefing for members of the Foreign Press, Mr. Kozak said “today, we are acting to prevent additional senior individuals from that country from entering the United States”.
He said the US Secretary of State has been clear on the US Government’s position.
“The Granger administration and its allies continue to defy the will of the Guyanese people by refusing to accept the vote count. The count has been certified as valid by international observers OAS and CARICOM, Guyana’s and the Caribbean’s highest courts. The United States joins the rest of the region refusing to go along with this farce. We will continue to act until the Granger administration accepts the will of Guyanese voters”, Kozak said.
There is still to be a final declaration of the Guyana election results which will pave the wave for the swearing in of a new government.
Although visa restrictions were announced earlier this month, it remains unclear who have been affected by the visa restrictions. Under US regulations, when a visa is revoked, the person targeted will have to be contacted and informed of the decision.
Meanwhile, during today’s meeting, the US Assistant Secretary of State was asked about comments made by his President about delaying the US elections and what message that sends to a country like Guyana.
To that question, Kozak said he would not comment on President Trump’s statements on “domestic matters”.