Both Guyana and Venezuela are set to hold talks within the coming days to quell tensions over the border issue regarding Essequibo, two-thirds of Guyana’s established territory.
Guyana Standard understands that the talks will not be a substitute to the process of resolution, specifically the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s being the only appropriate body tasked with bringing the matter to finality.
This publication was informed that Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro held telephone conversations with President Luiz Inácio da Silva and the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.
In these talks, the proposal was received to hold a high-level meeting with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, which will be announced in the coming days, in order to preserve both countries’ aspiration to maintain Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace.
Additionally, President Nicolás Maduro spoke with the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres.