THE United States is putting pressure on Guyana as it imposes more visa restrictions on what it says are “individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana.”
This was announced by the US Department of State Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ambassador Michael Kozak, on Thursday.
Restrictions were first imposed by Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, on July 15, in an attempt to get incumbent President David Granger to accept the results of the March 2 election and step aside.
On Wednesday, Kozak said ” Today, we are acting to prevent additional senior individuals from that country [Guyana] from entering the United States.”
He said, “The Secretary’s been clear: The Granger administration and its allies continue to defy the will of the Guyanese people by refusing to accept the vote count.”
“The count has been certified as valid by international observers OAS and CARICOM, Guyana’s and the Caribbean’s highest courts,” he added.
Kozak said, “The United States joins the rest of the region refusing to go along with this farce. We will continue to act until the Granger administration accepts the will of Guyanese voters.”