Jan 13, 2021 News
Kaieteur News – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed their deep disappointment and concern at the decree and subsequent statements by Venezuela with respect to that country’s border controversy with Guyana, including intimations of the creation of a strategic area of national development called “Territory for the Development of the Atlantic Façade.”
In a statement issued yesterday, CARICOM said it firmly repudiates any acts of aggression by Venezuela against Guyana.
“The Caribbean Community is in full support of the judicial process underway at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long-standing controversy between the two countries,” the 15-member state organization said.
It also sought to reiterate in “strongest possible terms its firm and unswerving support” in the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana.
Notably, the government on Monday held an engagement to brief stakeholders on the recent decree issued by Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, claiming sovereignty over Guyana’s territory.
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Gail Teixeira, had said the aim was to ensure all stakeholders are informed of the recent developments. The engagement, which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Ramphal House, included representatives from religious organizations, political parties, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).
Minister Teixeira had said, “One of the reasons for the stakeholders meeting is that you will be able to go back and brief your members because this is an issue, I think that we have to stand together as a people. We have to stand as one, put aside all the other issues that we have differences that we don’t like each other about or we don’t agree on, that this one issue that require us as a people to stand together.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Hugh Todd, in his remarks noted that once Venezuela’s decree is gazetted, it gives relevance to that country’s position and would be seen as a threat to Guyana’s sovereignty. As a result, the Guyana Government must be proactive by having these discussions.
“And that is to pre-empt Maduro’s actions. So, we are taking it seriously and we are seeing this as a threat.”
Minister Todd added that observers have seen Venezuela’s actions over the decades which necessitate moving to bring finality to the issue.
The Government is also in the process of engaging international organizations including CARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
“We are going to give them all of the submissions that we have coming out of Venezuela. We are still awaiting the decree, but we are bringing them up to speed with the events that occurred in the National Assembly. We are going to give them our position and we are going to reiterate to them that this is not a matter that we are taking lightly given the context, and that we are continuing to rely on their support given the support that we are getting from them so far,’ Minister Todd said.
Earlier Monday, Members of the Parliamentary Sectorial Committee (PSC), were also briefed on the matter. The Committee unanimously condemned any law by Venezuela making unilateral claims to Guyana’s territory. Minister Teixeira described the move as a ‘healthy development.’
The border case between Guyana and Venezuela arose after the latter contended that the Arbitral Award of 1899 was null and void. The 1899 Award settled the boundary between the then British Guiana and Venezuela, which the latter recognized until 1962.
The controversy is currently before the ICJ, where Guyana is seeking a final judgement to uphold the 1899 Arbitral Award. The ICJ on December 18 ruled it had jurisdiction to hear the case and rule upon the validity of the Arbitral Award and its legal consequence on both States. Venezuela has since rejected the decision of the ICJ.
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