PRESS RELEASE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSULTANT CALLS ON THE PNCR LEADER People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. April 14, 2005




Mr. Roelf Meyer, Facilitator of the Conflict Transformation Workshop hosted by the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) in collaboration with the Social Cohesion Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), paid a courtesy call on the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, at his Congress Place Office, Sophia on Wednesday April 13, 2005.

Mr. Meyer , who is on his second visit to Guyana, since this workshop should have been held at time when the disastrous floods hit Guyana, was accompanied by Mr. Chris Spies, Social Cohesion Officer, UNDP, Bishop Juan Edghill, Chairman of the ERC and Ms. Christine King, Chief Executive Officer, ERC. Accompanying Mr. Corbin were, General Secretary, PNCR, Mr. Oscar Clarke and the National Chairperson, National Congress of Women, Ms. Cheryl Sampson.

The Facilitator’s engagement with the Leader of the PNCR was mainly to get a feel of Mr. Corbin’s expectations of the process as well as to some of his thoughts concerning the racial / ethnic problems of Guyana. Mr. Meyer indicated that he was not here to try to solve our internal problems, since only those who are involved can solve or resolve conflict, but rather to share the experiences of South Africa, a country which had deep racial problems, having worked in both the De Klerk and Mandela administration.

Mr. Corbin thanked Mr. Meyer for coming to Guyana and indicated he looked forward to being able to contribute to the Conflict Transformation process.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
April 14, 2005