November 19, 2009

Guyana consul holds talks with Thompson

Published on: 11/19/2009.

AS UNDOCUMENTED GUYANESE nationals in Barbados consider their options to meet the end-of-month deadline to regularise their status, the Guyana Honorary Consul in Barbados has met with Prime Minister David Thompson.

In a news release, Consul Norman Faria termed the nearly hour-long meeting as "fruitful" and held in a cordial and respectful atmosphere at the Prime Minister's official residence at Ilaro Court, St Michael.

Faria, who had previously communicated with Thompson's office regarding the Barbados government's announced new immigration policies, said several issues were discussed with regard to Guyanese and their rights in the island. The Prime Minister was briefed on the situation in which Guyanese had reported to the Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana difficulties with Barbadian authorities such as being given insufficient time to gather their belongings before being taken to the airport.

Faria said that Thompson assured him that the issues would receive his attention, and reiterated the Barbados Government's concern for the undocumented in Barbados, including sub-standard housing.

Consul Faria invited Thompson and his family to visit Guyana for a vacation. (PR)

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