CARICOM Heads of Government will gather virtually on Friday for an Emergency meeting on the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy and the latest acts of aggression against Guyana by its western neighbour.
CARICOM has already issued a number of statements on the controversy and recent decisions of the International Court of Justice. However, the Emergency meeting has been triggered by the Venezuelan Government’s recent announcement of plans to move ahead with making Guyana’s Essequibo a new Venezuelan state.
In the past few days, President Irfaan Ali and other Government officials have been briefing the CARICOM Secretariat and CARICOM governments on the latest developments.
The President and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are expected to make a presentation to the CARICOM Heads of Government during tomorrow’s meeting.
Some CARICOM Leaders have received a backlash in their homelands from their opposition parties over their lukewarm response to the developments out of Caracas.
In Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados especially, the Opposition Leaders have roasted the two governments for not being outspoken enough against Nicholas Maduro and his Venezuelan Government.
CARICOM has repeatedly stated its continued support of Guyana and its case before the International Court of Justice, warning Venezuela against taking any action against Guyana.