Dec 07, 2023 Letters
I’m a Chilean-Spanish journalist, and I write to you from Madrid. In 2006 my team and I were one of the first broadcast teams in Chile to get into Guyana to film a documentary about your country, completely unknown to most Chileans.
At that time, the bridge between Bonfim, Brazil, and Lethem was still under construction. We got to the Guyanese border by a little boat. We traveled afterwards for 500 kms to Georgetown for many hours, crossing the beautiful savannahs and Amerindian villages, on very difficult dirt roads. We started to discover a new and dazzling land, full of beauty, landscapes and diversity, completely different to all of Latin America.
Because that’s the fact that the dictator Maduro seems to not understand: Guyana is not Latin, it is Caribbean, and thank the Lord it is. A proud Guyanese could never be Venezuelan, no matter the citizenship you offer. We all know, of course, the true reasons about your neighbour satrap is doing this unacceptable “referendum”. He consumed all Venezuelan oil and sources and needs more. Would be a pity to see how a beautiful nation as Guyana is consumed by an evil Bolivarian experiment. Everybody knows how it ends, wherever it happens. In that order, l prefer to silence also my opinion about the languid attitude of the ICJ in this case.
I still can say, with humility, that I’m one of the Chilean journalists who most knows about Guyana, even Surinam and the French Guiana (where I’ve been too). Three extraordinary, but still unknown, territories in almost all of the southern continent. I still remember when I was interviewed on Guyanese television by the great businessman Yesu Persaud (RIP), who was very interested in our trip and why, finally, the press of a big country in the region, Chile, was suddenly interested in your tiny diamond, your land. I could share with him a lot of impressions and I still remember the vibrancy, love and conviction on the future of Guyana in Mr. Persaud’s eyes. He was completely right.
Guyana is one of my favorite countries (I have been in many), and I can’t wait for the moment to come back. This is a battle that the tyrant cannot win. You have our support, the support of most countries in South America, the support of the European Union, United States and UK. And many others.
Guyana never will be “Latin”. Thank God!
AUBREY NORTON FRIGHTEN RENEGOTIATION AND RING-FENCING
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