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CARICOM Issues Statement On New Development In Guyana-Venezuela Border Matter


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) notes the decision of the Venezuelan National Assembly to conduct a popular referendum on defending Venezuela’s claim of the Essequibo.

CARICOM further notes that two of the questions approved to be posed in the Referendum, if answered in the affirmative, would authorise the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to embark on the annexation of territory, which constitutes part of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and to create a state within Venezuela known as Guyana Essequibo.

CARICOM reaffirms that international law strictly prohibits the government of one State from unilaterally seizing, annexing or incorporating the territory of another state.

An affirmative vote as aforesaid opens the door to the possible violation of this fundamental tenet of international law.

It is to be emphasised that the land and water in question — the Essequibo Region of Guyana — comprises more than two-thirds of the whole of Guyana itself.

CARICOM notes that the language of two questions approved to be posed in the Referendum seeks an affirmation and implementation of Venezuela’s stance on the issue “by all means, according to/with the Law.”

It is open to reasonable persons to conclude that “by all means”, includes means of force or war.

CARICOM earnestly hopes that Venezuela is not raising the prospect of using force or military means to get its own way in this controversy over territory.

After all, it has been the long-standing position of Latin American and Caribbean counties, including Venezuela, that our region must remain a zone of peace.

Meanwhile, CARICOM insists that the Referendum proposed by Venezuela has no validity, bearing, or standing in international law in relation to this controversy; the Referendum is a purely domestic construct, but its summary effect is likely to undermine peace, tranquility, security, and more, in our region.

CARICOM reiterates its support for the judicial process and expresses the hope that Venezuela will engage fully in that process before the International Court of Justice which has determined that it has the jurisdiction in the case brought before it to determine the validity of the 1899 Arbitral Award which Venezuela questions.

The Court’s final decision will ensure a resolution that is peaceful, equitable and in accordance with international law.

SOURCE: Caribbean Community

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  1. ListenCARIGONE you are nunch of hypocrites who is unilaterally unstable to do anything to prevent another nation from invading any other members state. Needless to say what you have watched and turned a blind at your very own Haiti and Belize. The saga between those two countries have been at logaheads for almost a century and your CARICOM federation shit wasn’t even born yet. Guyana economy slubers due to racist and political division fuel by corruption which is even in the air you breath. With the same oil company that’s raping the country resources were in Venezuela, there was a major oil giant merge deal happen few days ago. Where is our region security CARICOM? Which one of it’s member states is capable to support any other? Remember kamla said Trinidad is not the Caribbean ATM when Thomas had hit us. So stay out of matters that your toothpick will be broken in several places before it even serves it purpose. We tend to engage in things that’s completely irrelevant to us while turning a blind eye on key important issues, key matters that will bind us strong so we don’t have the chain link effect of brain drain, that we can unite and bond strong as one, we can standup and fight for our rights. St. Lucia spend tax payer money to send an ex PM to establish or fix Haiti escalating out of control crime rate while in his own backyard he cannot do squat. Perhaps being a UN member states we can throw him in with the Hamas and Israeli war.

  2. All this claim Venezuela claiming that territory came after Guyana discovered oil and gas in that area it has been Guyana for centuries all a sudden oil and gas in the area it now belongs to Venezuela I know if the British was still rolling Guyana that would have never come up like the older folks use to say monkey knows what tree to climb

  3. @Anonymous October 26, 2023 At 8:00 pm:
    Pay heed to this –
    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

    Explained for you –
    “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”

    Your comment was 100% misinformation!


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