Leaders to mediate border dispute

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and his Vincentian counterpart Dr Ralph Gonsalves will mediate the vexing maritime border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela, as CARICOM leaders attempt to resolve the issue.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica
Dr Ralph Gonsalves, his Vincentian counterpart
Dr Ralph Gonsalves, his Vincentian counterpart

The matter has commanded the attention of the leaders who, Barbados TODAY understands, engaged the Venezuela’s Vice President Jorge Arreaza during their caucus today.

Skerrit could be seen as key to the process since he has developed a close friendship with Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. He was also close to the late president, Hugo Chavez.

Details remain sketchy, but at the end of closed-door talks this morning, Gonsalves told reporters the discussions were still at a sensitive stage.

Meanwhile, following one-on-one talks with Guyana’s President David Granger, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon revealed he was prepared to intervene in the dispute.

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