Guyana’s Foreign Minister is expected to seek clarification from the Surinamese Ambassador about recent statements made by Suriname’s President with regard to the New River Triangle area which Suriname has been claiming on and off for decades.
Surinamese media on Thursday reported that President Desi Bouterse has stated that the border maritime border issue with Guyana is back on the agenda.
At his press conference on Friday, President David Granger said he has seen the reports and will meet with his Foreign Affairs Minister this weekend before the Minister seeks official clarification from the Surinamese envoy.
“We are aware of the historical claims that Suriname has made to the New River but this is not the time or the place to advance the claim”, President Granger said.
Guyana’s position with regards the New River Triangle has always been made very clear, that the area is part of Guyana’s territory. The President said that issue has long been settled.
President Granger returned earlier this week from the United Nations where he addressed the General Assembly and raised his concern about the other border issue with Venezuela.
During his UN trip, the President also held discussions with the UN Secretary General and the Venezuelan President. The UN Secretary General facilitated those talks.