The Government of Guyana has expressed “profound disquiet” at what it believes is the violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular relations by the High Commission of Canada.
According to the state-owned Guyana Chronicle, the administration’s concern is linked to the role the High Commission played in escorting defector Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud, out of the country.
Persaud had earlier voted with the opposition to bring down the David Granger Administration coalition administration of which he was part.
The Chronicle said parts of a letter dispatched to the Canadian High Commission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which the newspaper has seen, expressed the government’s grave concern over the situation.
The newspaper recalled that on December 21 last year, Charrandas Persaud had opted to vote with the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) to oust the current government.
The publication reported that hours after, the former MP was on a plane to Canada.
According to the Chronicle, Persaud was escorted to the airport by an official of the Canadian High Commission in the person of Richard Beliveau and PPP/C member Peter Ramsaroop.
The newspaper said the issue is that the men were able to access special protocol passes that allowed them access to restricted areas of the airport in their bid to ensure Persaud’s safe departure.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry contended in its letter of complaint that “several acts and omissions” by Beliveau were brought to its attention, the Chronicle stated.
The ministry also pointed out that it was unaware of any threat to Persaud that would have even required consular protection, it was reported.