Gov’t optimistic Venezuela’s elections results will impact positively on two countries’ relations- Minister Harmon
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, at a post-Cabinet press briefing today, expressed optimism that the changed political circumstances in Venezuela, will impact positively on its relations with Guyana, and will result in improved relations between the two countries.
Cabinet discussed the results of the recently held parliamentary elections in Venezuela in which the combined opposition obtained the majority in the National Assembly, Minister Harmon told media operatives.
The opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition won Venezuela’s parliamentary elections, taking control of the legislature from the governing United Socialist party. The elections were held on December 6, 2015.
The Democratic Unity Roundtable party won 99 seats in the Venezuelan parliament, while the United Socialist Party won 46 .
The government remains resolute to bringing a final solution to this controversy. The country has already been given international support on this matter. The Commonwealth Group of Nations, and the Caribbean Community stand firmly in support of Guyana.
On May 26, 2015, The Venezuelan president issued Decree No 1.787 declaring an area in Guyana that Venezuela regards as its maritime space. Venezuela is seeking to restate a false claim to five-eighths of Guyana, which includes all of the country’s forest and mineral resources as well its exclusive maritime zone.
However, the Arbitral Award of 1899 definitively established the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela.