Guyana’s government and opposition have condemned what they described as Venezuela’s flagrant violation of the rule of law in its ‘spurious claim’ to Guyana’s Essequibo territory.
The condemnation came in a joint statement on the ruling People’s Progressive Party-Civic Facebook page.
The statement disclosed that President Irfaan Ali and a government delegation met opposition leader Aubrey Norton and his team on Tuesday.
It said that from the outset, Ali and Norton agreed that Guyana’s sovereignty is paramount and a matter on which the Guyanese people are all wholly united.
Both men agreed to keep in close consultation ‘on this matter of national importance.’
This week, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) noted the decision of the Venezuelan National Assembly to conduct a popular referendum on defending Venezuela’s claim of the Guyana’s Essequibo region.
A CARICOM statement observed that two of the approved referendum questions would authorise Venezuela to annex part of Guyana’s territory if answered in the affirmative.
“CARICOM insists that the Referendum proposed by Venezuela has no validity, bearing, or standing in international law in relation to this controversy,” the statement asserted.
“The Referendum is a purely domestic construct, but its summary effect is likely to undermine peace, tranquility, security, and more in our region,” CARICOM stated.