Extraordinary Sitting of National Assembly on Border Controversy set for next Friday

Extraordinary Sitting of National Assembly on Border Controversy set for next Friday

Guyana’s National Assembly will meet next Friday morning for an ‘extraordinary’ sitting, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs said today.

The Notice which was sent to Parliamentarians early today, stated that the urgent sitting of Parliament is to consider a motion in relation to the ongoing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.

The Parliamentary sitting comes on the heels of a meeting between President Irfaan Ali, and Opposition Leader, Aubrey Norton. The two sides have agreed on a united front in relation to the border controversy.

On Wednesday, the National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Relations agreed to the framework for the motion on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, which will be tabled next week.

Among other things, the motion will seek to increase public awareness on the controversy and have continuous education about the historical and current facts surrounding Venezuela’s claim.

Venezuela’s planned referendum and its approved questions for the referendum later this year have set off a wave of criticisms, with the Guyana government accusing Venezuela of trying to annex parts of the country’s territory in contravention with international law.

CARICOM and the OAS have also rejected the referendum stating that international law strictly prohibits the Government of one State from unilaterally seizing, annexing or incorporating the territory of another state and noted that the referendum will open the door to the possible violation of this fundamental tenet of international law.

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