Guyana and Venezuela are still without Ambassadors from each other’s country, more than two weeks after Venezuela agreed to send its Ambassador back to Guyana and to accredit the new Guyanese Ambassador.
On Wednesday, the Guyana Government reported that it has already begun briefing its Ambassador designate Cheryl Miles, who is expected to take up her residency in Venezuela in the coming weeks.
According to Governance Minister Raphael Trotman, preparations are in train for her to move her belongings and property to Venezuela.
On September 27, Guyana’s President David Granger and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro met in New York and agreed to restore diplomatic relations amid an ongoing border row.
Trotman said such a move “takes time” but has no doubt that it will happen in the near future.
He said it was important to note that the Venezuelan Ambassador was not recalled but she was invited home for talks.
Trotman said the Venezuelan flag remained hoisted at her residence in Georgetown. “While she was not here physically it is a strong sense that she remained a resident,” he added.
Venezuela and Guyana both agreed to accept a United Nations investigative team which will report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the border spat.
The team visited Guyana on Monday and met with several high-ranking government officials before reporting to President Granger and departing the country on Tuesday.
Trotman said with the return of each other’s Ambassadors, he is sure that the UN team on their follow-up visit will be happy.
Guyana is pushing for a judicial settlement to the decades old border controversy which sees Venezuela laying claims to Guyana’s Essequibo region and a large part of its oil rich sea space.