Even as Guyana continues to reject claims by its Western Neighbour to the Essequibo Region, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greendige has commended the relationship Guyana shares with its southern neighbor, Brazil.
The Minister told the National Assembly on Thursday that Guyana and Brazil’s relationship remained excellent even as the country is forced to utilize its diplomatic energy to ward off the threats to its territory from Venezuela.
Updating the House on the Border controversy, Greenidge faulted the Nicolas Maduro administration for attempting to disrupt an ongoing United Nations process that seeks a peaceful resolution.
The Minister said Guyana intends to lodge complaints with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon and the Security Council on this development. He referenced a recent speech by Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Delcy Rodriguez in which claims to the effect that Guyana ratifies its rights over the Essequibo was made. “This statement will be brought to the attention of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the members of the Security Council and the wider membership of the United Nations,” Greenidge said.
In May 2015, Venezuela renewed claims to more than 2/3 of Guyana’s territory following the discovery of oil in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana. But Greendige was keen to highlight the relationship Guyana shares with its other neighbors despite this setback.
“Guyana’s relation with Brazil remains excellent and the Ministry intends to continue to pursue a number of key initiatives that will further cement these relationships,” he added.
He said Guyana is depending on countries like Brazil for its support for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing controversy.
The Minister also commended the economic and other technical cooperation between Guyana and larger countries including the United States, Canada, China, India and the United Kingdom. The Ministry is also working to strengthen Guyana’s relationship with countries in the Asian Pacific region and Europe.