The Venezuelan Government and Opposition have taken an official decision to unite around the country’s claim of Guyana’s Essequibo region, prompting the Government of Guyana to again reject the claim.
There are reports that the Venezuelan Government and Opposition have signed an accord maintaining the neighbouring claim over Guyana’s Essequibo region, a claim which has been ongoing for decades.
The two sides in Venezuela are also rejecting the involvement of the International Court of Justice to bring enforce a final juridical settlement in the matter.
In a statement this morning, the Guyana Government said it firmly rejects the agreement signed by the Heads of Delegation of the Venezuelan Government and the Opposition Unity Platform, explaining that the agreement is an overt threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana.
“Guyana cannot be used as an altar of sacrifice for settlement of Venezuela’s internal political differences. While the Government of Guyana welcomes domestic accord within Venezuela, an agreement defying international law and process is not a basis for mediating harmony,” the Guyana government said through the Foreign Ministry.
The Guyana government said the controversy between Guyana and Venezuela is properly before the International Court of Justice and will remain there for a peaceful resolution.
The Court has already ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter which was taken before the Court by Guyana on the advice of the UN Secretary-General.