President David Granger met with United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon on Friday morning in New York at the UN Headquarters, as Guyana continues to press for a judicial settlement to the border controversy with Venezuela.
The UN Secretary General had set up an investigative team back in September of last year to look into the border controversy. That team has held meetings with officials from both Guyana and Venezuela.
Venezuela has not been cooperating.
Guyana has been rallying support from the international community as Venezuela continues with its claim. Guyana maintains that the border conflict was settled back in 1899 and Venezuela’s aggression is only meant to stymie Guyana’s exploration of its resources.
News Source understands that during his face to face meeting with the Secretary General, President Granger once again made known the position of the Guyana government.
Earlier this week, at the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government in Belize, P
President Granger told the CARICOM meeting that Venezuela has been using its monthly Presidency of the UN Security Council “to portray itself as an advocate of peace and respect for the Charter. Venezuela has issued, through its Foreign Ministry, two weeks ago, a document referred to as Ratification of Venezuelan rights over the Essequibo.”
The President said Guyana has taken note of these warnings and Guyana’s Foreign Minister made a Statement in the National Assembly on 12th February 2016 repudiating the assertions.
“The threat to Guyana’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and economic development is as grave now as it ever was. Our need for your solidarity is as great now as it ever was”, President Granger told CARICOM.