Granger wants end to Venezuela conflict
Guyana’s President David Granger has reiterated calls for the withdrawal of a territorial decree issued by Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro in May, which he describes as an attempt by Caracas to annex its waters following the discovery of oil in the area.
The discovery reignited the long-running border dispute between the neighbouring South American countries, and has so far featured prominently at this year’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Summit, being held here.
Venezuela’s Vice-president Jorge Arreaza and Foreign Affairs Minister Elias Jaua Milano, met with CARICOM leaders yesterday in an effort to resolve the matter – talks which Granger expects will lead to “forward movement”.
“Our team, which was led by the chairman of CARICOM himself, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, impressed on the Venezuelans that the decree 1787 on the 26th of May, had an impact on several CARICOM states including Suriname, and we were looking to ensure that the decree in fact Guyana wants the decree to be withdrawn,” Granger told reporters.
He also said CARICOM is aware of the danger posed by the decree, and “we are united in the desire that Venezuela should modify its position”.
He added he is optimistic that the Communique to be issued at the end of the summit, will included a strongly worded position on the ongoing dispute, as according to him, “the situation now is more grave than it has been for several years”.