PRESS RELEASE The Alleged Terrorist Plot Involving PNCR Member and Former Member of Parliament, Mr. Abdul Kadir

The People's National Congress Reform is unequivocal in both its condemnation of and action against terrorist activities. Our Party’s position is that terrorist acts in whatever guise, perpetuated by persons in pursuit of whatever cause is heinous and unacceptable.

Consequently, we were unreserved in our condemnation of the terrorist activities of 9/11 and are unrelenting in our support for the elimination of such threats to security, whether national or international.

The Party therefore condemns the reported plot to blow up the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, alleged to have been planned by four individuals, one of whom is a former Member of Parliament of the PNCR, Mr. Abdul Kadir.

It is apposite to recall that when the People’s National Congress came to power in December 1964 its immediate task was to deal with anti-government terrorism and related activities. This became so in the wake of the “hurricane” of protest engineered by the PPP then led by Dr Cheddi Jagan. Further, the Party recalls that eleven (11) of our young and talented citizens along with those of two other states were killed when the Air Cubana Flight 455 was destroyed by an act of terrorism on October 6, 1976. This act was perpetrated by Cuban exiles, who have not yet been apprehended and brought to justice. The PNCR still hopes that these perpetrators of terrorism will be caught and that justice will indeed triumph. Those who perpetrate acts of terrorism should not be sheltered or protected. Experience has therefore taught us that terrorism in whatever guise is destructive and has no place in the interaction between peoples and nations.

The Leader of the People's National Congress Reform, Mr. Robert Corbin, M.P., has already commented on the character of Mr. Kadir on Saturday last. The Party wishes to repeat that we know Mr. Kadir as a Muslim. He has been a well respected member of the Linden community, and, to the best of our knowledge, has never in our Party or in Guyana, displayed a proclivity for illegality or any form of extremism.

The PNCR welcomes the prompt response of the Government in which it offered to deal with terrorism and promised to work with International agencies towards this end. The Party hopes that this same attitude will prevail with regard to activities in respect of drug trafficking and the exploitation of that trade.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Monday, June 4, 2007