Venezuela y Guayana llevan el diferendo por el Esequibo a la cumbre del Mercosur

El presidente de la República Nicolás Maduro, afirmó que durante su participación en la XLVIII Cumbre del Mercado Común del Sur (Mercosur), que se desarrolla en Brasil, expondrá la agresión por parte del actual gobierno de Guyana contra Venezuela, vinculado al tema del Esequibo.

“Vamos a las instancias que corresponden a exponer la nueva situación, la lamentable provocación del nuevo gobierno de Guyana y cómo pretende enturbiarse la vida interna de El Caribe, de Suramérica con esta provocación”, advirtió este jueves en horas de la noche.

Dijo que Venezuela ha revitalizado su denuncia al despojo histórico que hizo el imperio británico de toda la Guayana Esequiba. “Todo el mundo sabe la Guayana Esequiba siempre fue Venezuela desde 1977 que se fundó las provincias unidas de Venezuela, desde 1811 que nos declaramos independientes.

Recordó que en 1966 el Acuerdo de Ginebra puso en el kilómetro cero las conversaciones para el reclamo de la Guayana Esequiba y es el que debe regir todo lo que es el proceso de resolución del reclamo histórico de Venezuela.

“El presidente David Granger está desconociendo el acuerdo de ginebra, está desconociendo el derecho internacional esperamos que mas temprano que tarde rectifique esa postura que daña a la República Cooperativa de Guyana, que es un pueblo hermano y que perturba las relaciones y crea tensiones innecesarias en nuestra Suramérica y El Caribe”, enfatizó.

Precisó que a través de la diplomacia espera ver resuelto, esto en un tono respetuoso hacia el pueblo pero con mucha firmeza, el conflicto, porque la Guayana Esequiba le pertenece a Venezuela, reiteró.

Correo del Orinoco

Granger extends hand of friendship to Maduro

President David Granger on Wednesday extended a hand of friendship to his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro although maintaining that the countries’ ongoing border controversy must be settled once and for all.

Granger will be travelling today to Brazil to attend a meeting of the Union of South American Nations and is expected to continue the lobby against Venezuela to withdraw a decree that claims Guyana’s maritime space off the Essequibo Coast. “I continue to offer the hand of friendship to President Nicolás Maduro. Guyanese people will be friends to Venezuela, friends to Brazil, friends to Suriname, friends to the Caribbean and friends to the entire international community…What hatred could our people of 750,000, small country, small state, hold to a bigger country … So President Maduro, you have our friendship,” he told a large gathering at Camp Ayanganna to celebrate his 70th Birth Anniversary.

Granger reiterated that Venezuela’s claim was a significant hindrance to Guyana’s development and therefore, the problem cannot be ignored. “Decree 1787 is like a fishbone in my throat … it’s stuck there and I would like to thank our colleagues in the Caribbean Community for helping to remove that bone.

It has been replaced by a smaller bone, but a bone nevertheless … it is worse than a nuisance, it is hindering the developing of our country. No country can survive ignoring a claim of 2/3 of its territory.

No country can survive by having its petroleum exploration vessels expelled by force. No country could survive with having its neighbours behave in such a manner,” he noted.

Earlier this week, President Granger had further internationalised Guyana’s protest against Venezuela’s claim to this country’s maritime space at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which is being held in Ethiopia. He told the gathering of world leaders that security was indispensable to any country, and as such, Guyana would reject any threat to it. “Security and stability are indispensable to sustainable development and the pursuit of prosperity. We resent, reject and resist the threat or use of force or any unilateral coercive attempt by one state against another in order to frustrate the legitimate aspirations of our people to enjoy a good life,” President Granger said.

While he only made the comment in passing, the President said that the Charter of the United Nations (UN) and the tenets of international law must be guaranteed to all states and peoples in the quest for secure livelihoods and sustainable development. To this end, he said that Guyana, “on the strength of this conviction, therefore, emphasises the primacy of international cooperation even as we embrace fully our primary responsibility for national development”.

He told those gathered that they too shared in the responsibility of rejecting this threat and they must ensure that they participate in fostering international cooperation among all countries. “This Third International Conference on Financing for Development, therefore, must make a fundamental contribution to the thrust towards greater global cooperation as we embark on an ambitious and transformative post-2015 development agenda that will seek to ensure that no country or no community is left behind,” the Head of State shared.

Guyana Times