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Presidents of Venezuela and Guyana will meet on Thursday (14) to debate Essequibo

The presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Guyana, Irfaan Ali, will meet next Thursday (14) to discuss the dispute over the Essequibo region, territory of Guyana claimed by the Venezuelan government.

The meeting between the two presidents will take place in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a Caribbean country, and will have Brazil as an observer.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was invited to the role but, according to Julliana Lopes, from CNN Brazil the special advisor to the Presidency, Celso Amorim, should be the Brazilian envoy for the meeting.

The annexation of Essequibo by Venezuela was approved in a referendum in the country on Sunday (3).
In an official statement, the government of Guyana reiterated that the country’s land border is not under discussion, as the issue is currently being processed at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The statement also states that President Irfaan Ali has already reiterated that the case being judged at the International Court will not be a subject for bilateral discussions.

“President Ali will continue to engage our bilateral partners in defense cooperation pacts, as well as the ongoing range of political, social and economic agreements. Guyana is confident that the advancement of our development agenda will not be compromised,” the statement said.

Finally, the text from the Guyanese government states that the country has always been committed to international peace and security and to the promotion of good neighborly relations.

“Furthermore, Guyana will not deviate and will strictly adhere to the International Court process in resolving the border dispute and ensuring that the region remains a zone of peace,” the statement concluded.

See also: Lula guaranteed support for our country, says president of Guyana

Source: CNN Brasil

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