Canada says it strongly supports Guyana’s territorial integrity

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In a recent statement by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian government reaffirmed its strong support for Guyana’s territorial integrity amid the ongoing border controversy with Venezuela. 

“Canada has been closely monitoring recent developments following the consultative referendum on the Essequibo region that took place in Venezuela on December 3, 2023, and has been deeply concerned by growing tensions in the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana,” it said. “Canada stands with the Guyanese people and government in calling for the application of and respect for international law and strongly supports Guyana’s territorial integrity,” the statement read.

Further highlighting the international efforts to mediate, Canada commended the roles played by various regional and international bodies and leaders. “Canada salutes the diplomatic efforts of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) members in hosting a dialogue between the presidents of Guyana and Venezuela in Argyle, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, on Thursday, December 14, as well as the mediation role played by Brazil and the UN Secretary-General António Guterres,” Canada said.

Canada reiterated its stance of supporting Guyana at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Court most recently said Guyana’s administration of the Essequibo region should not be interfered with, specifically prohibiting Venezuela from attempting to modify the status quo. Canada recognized the dialogue between President Irfaan Ali and President Nicolas Maduro as a productive step toward maintaining peace and security in the region and commended all efforts to keep channels of dialogue open.

Guyana continues to see a widespread outpouring of support from the international community, against Venezuela’s pursuit of its territory. 

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