FOREIGN MINISTERS OF GUYANA, VENEZUELA TO MEET IN BRAZIL TOMORROW

Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and International Cooperation,Mr. Hugh Hilton Todd, will meet his Venezuelan Counterpart in Brasilia, Brazil on Thursday, January 25th, 2023.

This is part of the Meetings to be held between the technical Teams  from Guyana, and Venezuela, ahead of a Second Meeting between Guyana’s President Dr. Irfaan Ali, and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro.

A Joint Commission is being set up to further advance the Argyle Declaration – a Peace Agreement between the Two States – and it’s purposes.

The Joint Commission, as agreed to previously, comprises Foreign Ministers, and technical Persons from both States.

President Ali earlier in January told the local Media that the technical Teams must meet to hammer out the Framework for his next Meeting with President Maduro.

Presidents Ali and Maduro met in December in St. Vincent, and the Grenadines. Following their Meeting, there was an 11 Points Declaration  which included a Commitment from both Sides to “refrain, whether by Words or Deeds, from escalating any Conflict.”

According to a Press Release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and International Cooperation, Guyana remains fully committed to the Principles of the Argyle Declaration in particular the maintenance of Peace in Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Guyana’s Delegation will be led by Mr. Todd, and will include Mr. Robert Persaud, Foreign Secretary; Ambassador Ms. Elisabeth Harper, Permanent Secretary; Dr. Richard Van West Charles, Ambassador of Guyana to Venezuela; Ms. Donnette Streete, Director of the Frontiers Department, and Mr. Vernon Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Guyana Embassy in Brazil.

WHY THE MEETINGS ?

Venezuela held a December 3rd,2023, Referendum that many feared would be used to Greenlight a potential seizure of Two-Thirds of Guyana’s Territory- the entire Essequibo Region- that the Spanish-speaking Nation has claimed for Decades.

Subsequently, President Maduro issued a redrawn Venezuelan Map that includes Guyana’s Territory, and told Investors to leave, and planned Activities in the Essequibo Region.

Guyana has maintained that the Territory is it’s own after an 1899 Arbitral Award determined that the Boundary between the Two Countries as is internationally-recognised. Because of Venezuelan aggressions, and decades of failed Talks, Guyana eventually took the Border Controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) where the Case is ongoing. Guyana hopes for a final, binding Judgement that affirms that the Essequibo is it’s own.

So a Meeting was brokered amid rising tensions fuelled by Venezuela’s attempts to undermine Guyana’s Sovereignty.

 

Edward Anthony Persaud

INDEPENDENT MEDIA PRACTISING PROFESSIONAL

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