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Suriname President, Desi Bouterse Pays Guyana a Visit

By: Gordon Moseley



New Surinamese President Desi Bouterse is looking to strengthen his country’s relationship with Guyana. Just weeks after taking office Bouterse made his first official state visit to Guyana today, arriving this morning for a whirlwind series of meeting with his Guyanese counterpart President Bharrat Jagdeo and officials of the Caricom Secretariat.

During their first face to face encounter at the Office of the President, the 2 neighbouring heads of state agreed to begin looking at bridging of the Corentyne river which runs between the 2 states. It’s a move that could replace the ferry service and bring a halt to backtrack operations on the corentyne. At a joint news conference, they spoke about the importance of such a project.

Bouterse pointed out that all of the feasibility work will be jointly done since the bridge will have benefits to both sides.

President Bharrat Jagdeo while stating that the bridge could serve as an excellent link between South American nations noted the border issue that remains there after all these years.

Guyana had moved to an international tribunal on the law of the sea with regard to the Corentyne river and exploration. Guyana won that court case. The two countries despite their border differences enjoy bilateral support on several fronts. The new Surinamese president is a former dictator who was also found guilty in his absence of drug running in Holland. He has dismissed those charges as pure propaganda.

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