President David Granger address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

GINA GuyanaPresident David Granger address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Unresolved conflicts can result in refugee, migrant crisis – Granger tells UN Summit

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  • demerwater  On September 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    That was quite a lucid presentation. I did not miss the references to the border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela which gave me an idea that would be a win-win-win situation.

    It addresses the very pressing Refugee Problem which threatens world peace.

    The idea is that Guyana could settle say, 1000 refugees in the same manner as Jim Jones settled a similar number at Jonestown in 1974.

    Here are some reasons why I think it is a good idea.
    1. The population of Guyana has been on the decline. It needs people and money if it is to keep pace with the rest of the world.
    2. The Refugee Problem has come about because of a massive displacement of populations and a reluctance of many countries to accept such displaced peoples.
    3. Camps are a “dead end” kind of fix. Human beings are stripped of their dignity; and history has shown that they become totally susceptible to “brainwashing”. I saw a documentary “Salam Neighbor” which poignantly demonstrates this.
    Here is how I see it working.
    Properly survey and lay out a small town on say, the South Rupununi Savannahs. Let us say that the only feasible industry is ranching – cattle, bison, sheep. Then it might be possible to settle 1000 refugees on say ten acres of land each. ‘Seed’ each plot with a mobile home, one acre of developed grassland; and one milking cow – to be grown to ten acres of grassland, ten heads of cattle over ten years.

    Guyana does not have to stress its own resources. I am betting that many countries have a NIMBY attitude to the Refugee Problem. I am also going to bet that they will pay to keep it off their shores.

    So here is the opportunity for all those good and great minds to join hearts and hands across continents and seas and give back to a suffering mass of humanity, their dignified place in the human race.

    I was young and foolish when Black Bush was developed. Now that I am older and ‘foolisher’, here I am trying to recycle an old idea. But during my student days, Black Bush was held up as shining example of a well thought out and well executed land settlement scheme – by experts who knew!
    “Operation Bootstrap” – Munoz Marin – Puerto Rico was another widely acclaimed scheme.
    And now my recurring shortcoming. I have no idea where and how to start implementation. I am hoping that we might be able to place the idea where it might catch the attention of people who can make a difference. There are many excellent Guyanese all over the world who can do this.

  • Deen  On September 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    That was another impressive presentation/address by President David Granger to the United Nations General Assembly. I’m optimistic that Guyana territorial dispute with Venezuela ultimately will be favorably settled.

    The refugee suggestion made by “Demerwater,” has some merits in terms of humanely assisting in resolving the global refugee problem, especially because of Guyana’s large land mass and small population. But, it needs to be carefully analyzed, planned and executed. As we all know, although Guyana has a small population, it also has a relatively high percentage of unemployment. With the reorganization of the sugar industry, Guyana’s largest employer, Guyana first obligation is to create jobs for those Guyanese who will be displaced.

  • q4od  On September 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    It was an excellent presentation by the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The Guyana and Venezuela border dispute will be resolve in favor of Guyana. Venezuela is trying to be a bully and it will get what a bully gets eventually.

    I totally disagree with Demewater’s comments. Guyana certainly does not need refugees from out side of the region it has economic problems of its own. Venezuela needs to back off or there will be a refugee problem between the two countries brought about by a bloodly confrontation.

    I place blame on the United States for this crisis. Havimg said that, today, it is rightfully trying along with others to neutralize Venezuela’s military threat in the region.

    In the near future Guyana will be an oil and gas exporter. Guyana can certainly look to increase it population by exploiting the refugee situation that exist like the United States among others in the EU. But, let’s take it one step at a time.

  • demerwater  On September 22, 2016 at 5:05 am

    I will repeat, for emphasis,

    “Guyana does not have to stress its own resources. I am betting that many countries have a NIMBY attitude to the Refugee Problem. I am also going to bet that they will pay to keep it off their shores.”

    The “Air Base”, Atkinson Field, was once leased to the USA. Could Guyana not lease 10,000 acres to the United Nations? The UN might even establish a “No Fly Zone”, thereby protecting some of Guyana’s border!
    It is my very subjective opinion that Jonestown was settled where it was in order to defend against any ‘incursions’. That would explain the presence of armaments at the settlement.
    I left Guyana more than thirty years ago. I never went back; I have no reason to return. I do believe in the core goodness of its peoples – all six! I acquired some of that wholesomeness almost by osmosis; and feel that I must demonstrate my appreciation.

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