By Stephen Kangal
March 10, 2020
In the absence of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley from T&T the foreign policy position and posturing on Guyana today seems to be in total shambles, nonsensical if not very contradictory and inconsistent at worst.
Its policy of detached non-interference that gained traction in the Maduro political crisis in Venezuela cannot be applied willy -nilly to the current stalemate in finalising the official results of the Guyanase elections for three unique reasons:
– Guyana and T&T belong to the same economic and market space (CSME) and political tension in Georgetown can strangle the operations of CSME against the interests of T&T and other Caricom states;
– T&T and Guyana being members of the Commonweath, OAS and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are deemed to support/endorse the findings and pronouncements of the respective Observer Missions mounted by these three regional bodies and accredited by the Guyanese Government unless T&T absolved itself previously from the participation and findings of these Observer Missions which it has not done hitherto;
– T&T and Guyana with other Caricom States subscribe to the tenets of functional co-operation in their common economic space as well as well as co-ordination and even harmonisation of foreign policies in the political sphere in the Treaty of Chaguaramas.
Our Ministers including the absentee Minister of Foreign Affairs who has not spoken on this high profile regional issue, do not seem to appreciate that T&T is bound by the lack of electoral credibility and transparency statements and findings of these Observer Missions having not previously exercised its sovereign option to be excluded or to disengage.
Having regard to T&T articulating and repeating the same pedantic, irrelevant and unconvincing statement of non-interference in what it considers to be the domestic internal affairs of Guyana in the face of the argumentation cited above as well as the emerging patent denial of the will and unambiguously telegraphed wishes expressed via the ballot boxes of the majority of the Guyanese electorate, it must be embarrassing to the thinking people to T&T who demand a higher standard of diplomacy and statesmanship—not waffling uncoordinated and discordant nonsense from a mottley lot.