• Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Foreign Ministry intervenes in IGP, British High Commissioner diplomacy disagreement 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration says it has begun diplomatic talks between the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akufo-Dampare, and the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson.

Dr. Akuffo-Dampare was enraged by the British diplomat’s statements following the arrest of #FixTheCountry convenor Oliver Barker-Vormawor for irresponsible and inconsiderate driving and non-observance of road markings at the East Legon tunnel in Accra last month.

In a stern remark, Dr. Akuffo-Dampare ordered the envoy to mind her own business when it comes to questions of security and policing in Ghana.

Harriet Thompson, on the other hand, contends that her comment was not an act of interfering with the police administration that would require such a response.

“It feels like a reach to me… “Commenting on a topic that is of significant interest to a large number of people in a country is not interfering in that country’s affairs,” the High Commissioner stated.

According to the High Commissioner, there was no way her tweets on Twitter could enrage Ghanaians and foster insecurity, as the police claimed.
“I wouldn’t be tweeting stuff like that if I thought there was even a slight likelihood of that.” “Obviously, it is not my aim,” Harriet Thompson stated.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ghana stated it was aware of the dispute and was taking steps to intervene.

In a statement issued Tuesday [June 1, 2022], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said it had noted with “concern the intense public debate that has been generated by the communication between the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the British High Commissioner in Accra.”

“In line with the general diplomatic practice of communicating with diplomatic Missions, preferably through direct engagement, the Ministry wishes to remain  circumspect on its pronouncements on the matter.”

“We have therefore initiated contact with both the British High Commissioner and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to resolve the issue at stake.”

The Ministry wishes to underline its commitment to the strong historical bonds between Ghana and the United Kingdom, which through the years, have been deepened by, among others, the exchange of high-level visits on both sides as well as increased cooperation on trade, investments, and security.”

“We take this opportunity to reaffirm the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two countries,” the statement added.

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