Outgoing US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah- Ann Lynch has indicated the US stands ready to broker talks between the Government and the main parliamentary opposition – A Partnership For National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).
The two sides remain at loggerheads over major constitutional and development issues from the appointments of a Chancellor and Chief Justice to the proposed construction of a multi-billion dollar Gas-to-Energy Project.
During an early morning interview on 94.1 FM’s “Jumpstart”, Ambassador Lynch explained that the US is prepared to facilitate dialogue between the Government and the Opposition.
“The US stands ready to help in that role, for sure. I think open dialogue, frank discussions are very important, and I think bringing the people together is key to the success, the ultimate success of Guyana. So, certainly, the US stands ready to do whatever we can to bring all parties together,” Ambassador Lynch said.
Noting that Guyana is at a critical juncture, the outgoing US Ambassador said it is critical for the country’s leaders to work in the interest of all Guyanese.
“This is a very transformative time for Guyana. There are so many opportunities but there is also a lot at stake for all members of society, and I am very pleased to see so many parties talking about the importance of including all the peoples of Guyana,” she said.
While the Ambassador spoke of increasing dialogue between government and some smaller political parties, she admitted that the major political parties in Guyana need to be talking to each other.
During a recent visit to Guyana by US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, meetings were held with both the Government and the main opposition, separately.
The President and the Opposition Leader have not had any meeting in over a year, on any issue.
While the President continues to push his “One Guyana” agenda, the Opposition has accused his Government of dividing the country among the friends and families of the Government.