Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described his meeting on Sunday night with Guyana’s Head of State David Granger as “tense and difficult”.
A release from the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Maduro was nonetheless happy that the meeting had opened a dialogue for the two countries to work together in resolving the territorial controversy over Guyana’s Essequibo region.
The release said the meeting concluded with “peace-diplomatic relations” being restored and a decision to return ambassadors to their respective tasks.
Mr. Maduro reported that the General Secretariat of the UN established a special technical committee that will visit Venezuela in the context of the Geneva Accord for a comprehensive work on the circumstances and the current situation of the Venezuelan claim on Guyana’s Essequibo. The group had previously been prevented from carrying out its probe in Venezuela.
“The Secretary-General is committed after that visit, to do a study of all the options that gives us the Geneva Agreement and Article 33 of the UN Charter. Venezuela has insisted on the need to activate the good offices which it is the final decision of consensus between Guyana, Venezuela and the Geneva Agreement and the General Secretariat,” the release quoted Maduro as saying.
He said too, “our peoples are destined to the brotherhood, to approach, we love the brotherly people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” said Venezuelan President who reiterated that it was agreed “to work together because there is no other way forward”.
The Venezuelan President said he told the Guyana President to “let us look in the eyes, talk, let’s talk.”
President Maduro said he told Granger that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela “has never been, nor will be, an imperialist country, pro-imperialist, pro-colonialist.”
The meeting was held at the request of the president of Venezuela and in the context of the 70th General Assembly of the UN. Both Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Guyana and Venezuela were in attendance.
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