High representatives discussed non-attendance at Monitoring Group prior to Friday
September 21, 2003
The absence of the High Representatives from the meeting of the stakeholder group Friday is not meant to be disrespectful of the members of the Monitoring Group nor is it reflective of an effort to undermine their commitment to the monitoring process, the Office of the President said yesterday.
The Office of the President issued a statement in response to an article in yesterday's issue of the Stabroek News headlined `President's high reps skip stakeholders' briefing'. The meeting was scheduled for the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
We publish below the statement from the Office of the President:
"Contrary to what was reported in the Stabroek News of September 20, 2003, the High representatives of His Excellency, the President wish to assure Guyanese and particularly the participants at the meeting of the Monitoring Group that their absence from the meeting of Friday 19th September 2003, was in no way reflective of an effort to undermine their commitment to the Monitoring process or to be disrespectful of the members of the Monitoring Group.
Indeed, the High Representatives of His Excellency, the President and the Leader of the Opposition, during their meeting on Wednesday 18th September did discuss their (High Representatives of the His Excellency, the President and the Leader of the Opposition) non-attendance at the Friday monitoring meeting in the context of the non-availability of the joint briefing document.