Guyana’s main opposition party, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic which up to a few weeks ago formed the government, is making it clear that its position of standing firmly against any aggression from Venezuela has not changed.
PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee who once served as Guyana’s Foreign Minister told a Monday morning press conference at the party’s headquarters that the PPP has a historical position on any issue with regards to Venezuela and its claims.
“We stand firmly as a political party in respect of defense of our territorial integrity and national sovereignty and we hold to the view that where this exploration is taking place falls within the territorial sea belonging to Guyana”, Rohee declared.
Mr. Rohee said in the past, whenever territorial issues would arise, the government would engage the Leader of the Opposition, but with no Leader of the Opposition currently in place, that may have affected such engagement by the new government.
When asked if he would meet with the government as the General Secretary of the PPP if invited, he explained that such a meeting would take place after consultation with other party leaders and taking into account the current position of the PPP with regards to the new government.
The PPP maintains that it was “cheated” out of power and not defeated at the May 11 elections. Just before the party was booted out of Government, it made clear its condemnation of Venezuela after the neighbouring country objected to the presence of the ExxonMobil oil rig in Guyana’s waters.
The APNU and AFC which formed the opposition at that time, quickly threw their support behind the government.