-by Dennis Glasgow-
The Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, which is currently before the International Court, is expected to be part of the discussions when Foreign Minister, Carl Greenidge, meets with the UN Secretary General in New York during the annual UN General Assembly later this month.
It was the UN Secretary General, who earlier this year referred the border controversy issue to the International Court of Justice.
At a press conference this morning, Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge said “the General Assembly will also have an opportunity for us to speak to the Secretary General or for the Secretary General to have a session with the Head of the Delegation of Guyana at which we will discuss developments in relation to the controversy following his decision to have the matter referred to the ICJ”.
Venezuela is currently facing economic and political problems that have forced thousands of its citizens to flee the country.
Over the past few months, scores of Venezuelans have crossed over into Guyana’s Barima Waini region, seeking help in Guyana.
That issue is also expected to be discussed at the UN General Assembly.
The Foreign Minister said the Government of Guyana has no intention to relax border laws, but will continue to closely monitor the situation.
He explained that the Guyana Government has been offering as much help as it could and has even set up an area for them to be settled, but efforts are ongoing to locate all of those who have crossed over into Guyana.
“One of the requirements is to ensure that when we find them; because of the length of the borders and the fact that people don’t move at the official crossing points for all sorts of reasons. The challenge is we need find them and establish the status so they can get the necessary health care. We’ve been working on that since last year, in conjunction with the regional health agency and the Brazilians”, the Minster noted.
The Foreign Minister will be heading Guyana’s delegation to this year’s UN General Assembly.
President David Granger will be missing the meeting, as his Government gears up Local Government Elections.