jueves, 21 de enero de 2010

Incluyen territorio de Guyana en Mapa de Surinam

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The protection of our national patrimony and sovereignty are issues sacred to all Guyanese
By Stabroek staff January 21, 2010 in Letters

Dear Editor,
The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) refers to Janette Bulkan’s correspondence in the Tuesday, January 19, 2010 edition of Stabroek News captioned ‘Not present at October meeting where Suriname map including Guyana’s territory was displayed.’ The GFC is once again compelled to present the true facts to the general public.
1. Janette Bulkan may not have been present at the October 2009 meeting of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s participants Committee Meeting. Using this as an excuse to give the public the impression that because she was not at the October 2009 meeting, she could not have “protested at the display of a map at a meeting at which I was not present,” is simply unacceptable.


2. Bulkan’s non-attendance at the October 2009 meeting does not negate the fact that she was a reviewer of the Suriname draft Readiness Preparation proposal (RPP). This document clearly includes a map that shows Guyanese sovereign territory (the New River Triangle) as being within Suriname’s national boundaries.


3. Had Bulkan done an objective and thorough assessment of Suriname’s draft RPP (as she was expected to do), then she must have also perused the map included in the draft RPP.


4. Her insult to all true and patriotic Guyanese continues when she states, “it is unclear what the government hopes to gain from intervening in my employment outside Guyana on a task not affecting Guyana.”


How is it possible that an insult and potential threat to Guyana’s sovereignty is “a task not affecting Guyana”? The Government of Guyana, all political parties and indeed all other patriotic Guyanese must denounce publicly this attempt to downplay an issue that is of such critical importance to not only this generation, but to all future generations to come.


We must let Bulkan know that whilst she is content to trivialize Suriname’s deliberate inclusion of Guyanese sovereign territory in a map purporting to show Suriname’s boundaries, it is content that we will always object to at all levels and in all fora.


The protection of our national patrimony and sovereignty are issues that are sacred to all Guyanese, regardless of ethnicity, religion or political allegiance; it is something that we have always been united on.
The GFC can only appeal to Bulkan to review her position on this critical issue.
Yours faithfully,
James Singh
Commissioner of Forests

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Not present at October meeting where Suriname map including Guyana’s territory was displayed
By Stabroek staff January 19, 2010 in Letters


Dear Editor,
I wish to respond to the unsigned articles published in the Guyana Times (‘Govt objects to Suriname map with Guyana’s territory at World Bank forum,’ January 16) and Kaieteur News (‘Gov’t protests Suriname’s map showing Guyana’s territory – demands Janette Bulkan’s removal from key World Bank panel,’ January 17). Apart from the oddity of the government treating as news in mid-January 2010 an event held in Washington DC at the end of October 2009, I wish to point out that I was not present at the meeting of the Participants Committee of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. So I could hardly have protested at the display of a map at a meeting at which I was not present. Another Guyanese member of the same Technical Advisory Panel was also not present at the Washington forum, and so likewise could not have made a comment.


According to the letter quoted by Kaieteur News, the Ministry of Agriculture/Minister for Forestry says that “it is a known fact” that Bulkan has “been guilty of writing public, critical articles of Guyana’s forestry sector filled with inaccuracies, distortions of facts; and unsubstantiated allegations of corruption, bribery and illegal logging” and “has consistently and publicly displayed her lack of understanding of key forest management principles.”


Through your column, Editor, I request the Government of Guyana to provide specific quotations where I show such a poor understanding, in relation to the published national policies and laws and regulations of Guyana, and in relation to standard textbooks on sustainable forest management.


I might point out that I hold a doctorate degree from Yale University for a thesis on the slippages between national policies, laws, administrative procedures and actual practices in the forest sector of Guiana Shield countries. So my academic committee of university professors, who have extensive tropical field experience, must have approved of my understanding of these key principles.


I challenge the government also to quote the “defamatory and slanderous correspondences… accusing government officials including the President of Guyana of being incompetent and involved in clandestine activities.” I have certainly raised questions concerning the apparent differences between what the laws of Guyana say and what is reported to be happening, but these valid questions are hardly slanderous statements.


It is unclear what the government hoped to gain from intervening in my employment outside Guyana on a task not affecting Guyana. It can scarcely enhance Guyana’s international reputation for diplomacy or its wish to be seen as a leading country in forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Yours faithfully,
Janette Bulkan
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