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  January 31, 2008

The Organization of American States (OAS) has come out in strong condemnation of last Saturday’s massacre that took place in the village of Lusignan, Guyana.

Assistant Secretary General (Albert R. Ramdin) today commented on the Saturday morning slaying of 11 persons in the East Coast Demerara village, and called on all Guyanese to support the law enforcement authorities in their efforts to investigate the crime and capture and bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

“The OAS has always condemned wanton violence and this atrocity is particularly deplorable in that innocent people and children were targeted,” Ramdin stressed. The OAS Assistant Secretary General also observed that it would be even more tragic if the situation were to deteriorate into further violence, at a time when Guyana is working to consolidate its democracy and build a peaceful community for all Guyanese.

In expressing his deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims’ families, to Guyanese at home and abroad and to the government, Ramdin underscored the grave scourge of crime and violence that plagues the region. He said it is hoped that upcoming meetings of Caribbean Community(CARICOM)heads of government as well as ministers of national security would put this issue high on the agenda.

OAS Ministers of Justice are scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., at the end of April, providing another opportunity to examine how the hemispheric body can further assist in tackling issues of crime and violence, said Ambassador Ramdin, adding that the hemispheric organization stands ready to provide technical assistance and other forms of help that may be needed by member states in the Caribbean and the other sub-regions.

Reference: E-021/08