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Jul 23, 2015 News
By Shyon Hoppie
The Mayor and Councillors of Georgetown recently held a statutory meeting at which Councillor Gregory Fraser passed a motion addressing Venezuela’s claim to Guyana territory.
His motion stated that the border between Guyana and Venezuela was settled by treaty of 1897 in which Venezuela accepted the Arbitral Award of 1899 as a full, final and perfect settlement.
This was noted that by accepting this Arbitral Award of 1899, Venezuela accepted the final and perfect settlement of the boundaries and whereas the borders were officially demarcated by Brazil, British Guiana and Venezuela in 1905. The motion was seconded by Councillor Hector Stoute and supported by full Council.
The government denounced the aggressive and reckless claim of Guyana’s maritime and territorial space expressed in decree 1787 and modified by decree 1859.
The Mayor and Councillors who are representatives of more than 200,000 people in Georgetown assembled at this statutory meeting to fully support the position of the Government of Guyana, and encourage it to use all means necessary to defend the territorial integrity including the maritime space of Guyana and support its efforts to find a peaceful resolution of the matter.
They also denounced the unjustified claim of Venezuela against the territory and maritime space of Guyana. Council encourages its administration and other related agencies to design and implement activities to raise public awareness and to promote education on the issue in City of Georgetown.
M&CC is calling on Venezuela to respect this existing mechanism for resolving disputes and controversy mainly the International Court of Justice and the convention on the Law of the Sea.
Councillor Oscar Clarke in his presentation on the motion stated that Guyana attained independence and sparked and the Venezuelan President to claim two-thirds of Guyana’s territory. However, Guyana was able to strongly reject these claims.
He added that Guyanese have no choice but to reject this bizarre claim with an iron fist. “We must unite to maintain our territorial integrity,” the councillor said.
He reiterated that every time Guyana moves forward to explore it economic capabilities, Venezuelan claims emerge. Therefore, every one must unite and raise their voices against this unjust claim, he said.
Mayor Hamilton Green stated in his presentation that it is imperative that, “The young people of this nation be educated on this matter. He additionally recalled that when Guyana was about to gain Independence, Venezuela raised this same rhetoric.”
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, on May 27, last, issued a decree, extending Venezuela’s claim to Guyana’s territorial waters. A map which was issued, accompanying the decree, shows that the claim includes the area where the US giant oil company, ExxonMobil, is currently drilling for oil.
While Venezuela maintains a position seeking to deprive Guyana of a significant portion of its territory, the Bolivarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement saying that it wants peace.
In the statement, Venezuela asserted that Guyana is somewhat overreacting in its issuance of statements saying that it will use all means necessary to firmly reject Venezuela’s latest threat to its sovereignty.
Venezuela made reference to initiatives it has with Guyana to promote “solidarity and brotherhood” such as the PetroCaribe deal. It was said that despite such assistance offered to Guyana, the new government seems “unfriendly.”
According to Venezuela, the David Granger-led Administration is exhibiting a dangerous policy of provocation against the Bolivarian Venezuela of peace, “supported by the imperial power of a US multinational, Exxon Mobil, which must be rectified in the short term.
“This unfriendly policy of provocation will be defeated by the force of reality imposed by the foreign policy of peace and friendship between Venezuela and the people of Guyana itself.”
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