Opposition Leader Supports Guyana in Ongoing Territorial Dispute with Venezuela

Opposition Leader Supports Guyana in Ongoing Territorial Dispute with Venezuela

Barrow also weighed in on the ongoing territorial issue with Venezuela and Guyana, reiterating support for Guyana. Earlier this month, Venezuela held a referendum, and its people decided to discard a ruling by the International Court of Justice and renew its claim to Guyana’s Essequibo region. As a part of the Caribbean Democratic Union, Barrow joined in the call for the issue between the two countries to be resolved amicably through the ICJ. He also called upon Venezuela to respect Guyana’s sovereignty.

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “We totally support our CARICOM brother Guyana in their call for this matter to be resolved at the ICJ, for Venezuela to respect the territorial integrity of Guyana and join with the CARICOM nations who I believe met in emergency meeting on Friday December 8th if I’m not mistaken and reiterated their position that Venezuela respect the territorial integrity of Guyana. It is very disturbing, very troubling that Nicholas Maduro and the Venezuelan government have totally dismissed the procedures of the International Court of Justice which they agreed to. For Belizeans who may not understand the history of Venezuela’s claim to two thirds of Guyana’s land. In 1899 there was an arbitral award to Guyana that defined the boundaries of Guyana. In 1966 there was a Geneva agreement because Venezuela wanted to dispute the boundaries of Guyana and the two countries agreed that they would set up a commission and if they could not agree to the recommendations of the commission that they would then go to the Secretary General of the United Nations if the UN Sec Gen did not offer a solution that they could both agree to they would go to the International Court of Justice to resolve this matter. This is 1966 Geneva agreement. President Maduro and his government called for referendum that totally rejected the agreement that they entered in with Venezuela and Guyana in 1966 and said that the ICJ has no jurisdiction and they reject whatever the ICJ has to say. That is a terrible act that would only threaten peace and stability in the region.” 

Barrow said that Belizeans should be watching the issue with great concern, as Venezuela’s actions could have a ripple effect and encourage Guatemala to take a similar position with its claim to Belize.

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