President David Granger has said that he has not received an invitation for talks with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, but he stands ready to listen to any advice on the issue.
Questioned yesterday whether he is ready to speak to Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, on the border controversy, President Granger said that Guyana will not be engaging Maduro in the press.
Venezuela last week deployed troops to the border area with Guyana. It also reportedly placed gunboats in the Cuyuni, a river that is in Guyana.
That country has also halted a lucrative rice arrangement, after November, and has refused to approve the appointment of a new ambassador from Guyana.
President Granger also does not believe that Maduro was merely using the border controversy to divert attention from internal turmoil in that neighbouring country.
Granger believes that if it is a ploy by Venezuela, then is it a 50-year one as that country has been rattling its saber since then.
The Guyana leader disclosed that the UN forum, the first for him, was an opportunity to raise awareness of the Venezuela claims and its negative impact on Guyana.
It would also serve as an opportunity for Guyana to support the UN sustainable goals, which are being used to reduce poverty and improve life across the globe for citizens.
Member countries are bound to meet benchmarks set by the UN to achieve the goals.
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