By Le Figaro with AFP
1 hour ago,
Update 1 hour ago
Leaders of the two countries involved in a territorial dispute will meet in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday.
Venezuela formulates “high expectations» before the meeting Thursday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines between President Nicolas Maduro and his Guyanese counterpart Irfaan Ali to discuss the territorial dispute of Essequibo, the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs said Monday, December 11.
“ We are leaving for Saint-Vincent with great expectations and a great desire for peace, conciliation and (the spirit of) work.», declared Yvan Gil during a meeting with the international press. “ Venezuela has never placed territorial conflict as an obstacle to regional integration, but has always been firm in its claim to what belongs to it.” , he added.
Venezuela claims Essequibo, a territory of 160,000 km2 administered by Guyana. He maintains that it belongs to him and that the real border is that dating from the Spanish empire in 1777. Guyana, independent since 1966, believes that the borders were established in 1899, when the United Kingdom was the colonial power of territory. The dispute is being brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest court of the UN, which Venezuela does not recognize.
Possible ” formulas ” of ” oil and gas cooperation» could be on the table, added Yvan Gil, stressing that Venezuela has worked “with all governments of Guyana until 2015», year of the discovery by the American giant ExxonMobil of vast oil deposits in the disputed territory. The recent calls for tenders launched by Guyana for oil exploitation in the area have revived this old territorial conflict.
Thursday’s meeting at 2 p.m. GMT is organized under the auspices of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), whose rotating presidency is held by the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent. and the Grenadines. “ Dialogue must put an end to this escalation“, aspires Yvan Gil, according to whom “the acceptance to participate in the dialogue is already a profound success“.
However, he called for “eliminate interference from elements that have nothing to do with the region“, in reference to the United States, allies of Georgetown, which affirmed their ” unwavering support for the sovereignty of Guyana“. The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss Essequibo, but no comments were made.
» data-script= » >