President David Granger on Sunday said he is ready for the talks with the United Nations on the ongoing border controversy with Venezuela. The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro is also expected to attend the talks.
Speaking to members of the Guyanese media covering the UN General Assembly in New York on Sunday, President Granger said Venezuela needs to reopen the channels of communications between the two countries at the level of the Ambassadors.
He said the neighbouring country needs to accept the credentials of the new Guyanese Ambassador to Venezuela and at the same time return the Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana.
Venezuela recalled its Ambassador to Guyana just after the Granger administration got into office and started informing the international community of the threats from Venezuela.
“I would welcome the reduction of Venezuelan troops and equipment on that border and the restoration of normal relations, including the return of the Venezuelan Ambassador to Georgetown. You can’t expect us to talk when you remove the person to do the talking. And in the case of Ms. Miles (Guyana Ambassador designate), if agrément is not granted, it makes communication that more slower and that more difficult”.
President Granger said he is prepared to meet with the Secretary General of the United Nations on the issues and will do just that this evening and if the Venezuelan President is there, he will speak with him also through the UN Secretary General.