Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl Miles, has been formally been
accredited by that country’s Government.
The ceremony occurred on Wednesday, several months after she was appointed by the Government of Guyana.
Ambassador Miles was identified for the post since November 2015.
Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge yesterday announced during the examination of the Budget estimates that, “As of yesterday (Wednesday), she presented her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela (Delcy Rodriguez). That fulfills an obligation that President Maduro had given in November last year.”
Greenidge was the time responding to questions from Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira.
Tensions with Venezuela escalated last year after ExxonMobil, a US exploration company, announced it found significant evidence of oil in a well it drilled in waters offshore Guyana.
Venezuela, immediately, through decrees and its maps, claimed the waters and lands in Essequibo.
An oil-for-rice deal under the PetroCaribe arrangement with countries in the region fell through for Guyana, leaving the new administration scrambling for new markets.
Venezuela subsequently pulled its ambassador, with a key meeting in October in New York between the leaders of the two countries seeing an agreement for a team from the United Nations to examine possible solutions to the border controversy.
Guyana is insisting on a juridical settlement in the World Court.
Venezuela had promised to send back its ambassador and also accredit a new representative from Guyana when one is sent.
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