UN Secretary General concerned about escalation of tensions between Guyana and Venezuela

UN Secretary General concerned about escalation of tensions between Guyana and Venezuela

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the “escalation of tension between Guyana and Venezuela”.

In a statement, the Secretary General’s Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said the Secretary-General is following with concern the recent escalation of tension between Guyana and Venezuela over the border controversy.

The statement urged that both parties demonstrate good faith and avoid any action that would aggravate or extend the controversy.  

Guyana has been informing the international community about Venezuela’s continued acts of aggression and the build up of Venezuelan troops near the Guyana border.

In January 2018, it was the UN Secretary-General, in the exercise of the power and responsibility conferred on him by the 1966 Geneva Agreement, who chose the International Court of Justice as the means that was next to be used for the solution of the border controversy between the two countries. 

The controversy is now before the International Court of Justice. 

Meanwhile, President Irfaan Ali, said yesterday that he met virtually with Brazilian President Lula Dasilva, and raised the border controversy issue.

“During the virtual engagement, the two leaders discussed defence and military cooperation; respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity ; respect for the rule of International Law; the Venezuela border controversy; and infrastructure and economic cooperation among other issues,” President Ali said in a brief statement on his Social Media pages.

The President also discussed the possibility of a Brazil-CARICOM Summit when Caribbean Leaders meet in Guyana next year.

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