Venezuela and Guyana will continue to engage in dialogue over their dispute over the oil, gas and mineral-rich border region of Essequibo, which is currently administered by the Guyana government but claimed by Caracas.
The agreement was reached during a summit organized at Kingston International Airport, the capital of the Caribbean state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which allowed the presidents of the two countries, Nicolas Maduro and Irfaan Ali, to discuss the issue face to face. After months of complex tensions and threats of military breakthroughs.
The confrontation lasted two hours, and ended with a handshake immortalized by journalists and photographers, in front of the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, who, in his capacity as interim President of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, was present. Celak did a difficult job of mediation.
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For his part, Guyanese President Ali stressed, in statements to the media, that “at no time did we discuss the central issue of sovereignty, which we exercise, and which is being considered by the International Court of Justice” regarding the Palestinian issue. On the basis of an 1899 resolution signed in Paris that attributed the territory to Guyana.
The meetings continued until late afternoon (Italian night), awaiting the conclusion of the work and the possible publication of a joint declaration.
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