Guyana has signaled its intention to no longer support the United Nations Good Officer Process as it moves forward and looks for a resolution to Venezuela’s illegal claim to the Essequibo region and Guyana’s maritime space.
Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge made the disclosure at a Monday morning briefing. His statement is in response to calls by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, for the UN to appoint a new Good Officer to diplomatically address the Venezuela-Guyana territorial issue.
Greenidge reasoned that the process has failed, and he lamented the neighboring country’s persistent aggression, particularly the recent decrees claiming Guyana’s territorial waters.
The position of Good Officer in the territorial controversy between Venezuela and Guyana was born out of the 1966 Geneva agreement. Two persons have served as Good Officers but the post became vacant in April, 2014.
Guyana’s Foreign Minister said he’s unaware that the good officers process can resolve this matter as the determination and delimitation of maritime boundaries is matter for other UN bodies to decide upon.
Greenidge maintains that all three solutions which the process offer, were exhausted and have solved nothing over the 25 years of its existence.
He said he has little faith that a continuation of any future conciliation, arbitration or mediation will result in an outcome in Guyana’s favor
“I don’t know what else one can try, as I see it our only option is for a juridical resolution of the matter of going forward,” the Minister told the local media.
President David Granger held discussions with the UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki-Moon, during the recent CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Barbados.
“The next step in this process can only be taken by the Secretary General of the United Nations. It is he who has to decide since there is a new development,” He explained.
Any judicial solution will have to be addressed in the International Court of Justice.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sent a letter on Friday last to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking the U.N. chief to appoint a new Good Officer to diplomatically address the Venezuela-Guyana territorial issue.
“As it is public knowledge, the new Government of Guyana has ignored, the entry into force of the 1966 Geneva agreement, showing a stubborn and ambivalent attitude and has inflicted serious and grave offenses to my country and my people. That’s why I asked you to begin a process to appoint a new Good Officer,” the document delivered by Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, reads.
In his letter, the Venezuelan leader added that he expects the person selected for the post to hold the same attributes as the previous ones, including: great ethical attributes, deep academic specialization, and the ability to understand both the culture and the historical moment in the region is undergoing in order to positively contribute to the negotiation process between the two countries.
Guyana’s Foreign Minister said this country and Venezuela have exchanged letters and spoken several times since the May 26 decree and he has no reason to believe it will not continue.