Published On: Thu, Feb 28th, 2013

CARICOM supports preservation of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

GuyanaGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has praised the efforts of the governments of Guyana and Venezuela on the strides made towards good relations over the past years despite Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899, that definitively delimited the territory between Guyana and Venezuela, is invalid.

The recent meeting of the heads of state in Haiti provided an opportunity for CARICOM members to congratulate the two states for managing to keep a mutually beneficial relationship and engaged several activities aimed at increasing the level of cooperation between the two countries.

It was noted in the communiqué issued after the meeting that Guyana and Venezuela remained committed to the Good Offices Process of the United Nations Secretary-General to aid them in the search for a solution to issue that arose from the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899, that definitively delimited the territory between Guyana and Venezuela, is null and void.

CARICOM has affirmed its unequivocal support for the maintenance and protection of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Guyana and Venezuela currently enjoy a fruitful trade relationship, especially in the areas of rice, oil, and in other projects.

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