Guyana says it will not be used ‘as an altar of sacrifice’ to settle Venezuela internal discord
The Government of Guyana on Wednesday firmly rejected the recent move by the Venezuelan government and political opposition to ratify what Venezuela described as its ‘rights’ over an area it refers to as ‘Guayana Esequiba’.
“That agreement is an overt threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana,” Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.
“Guyana cannot be used as an altar of sacrifice for settlement of Venezuela’s internal political differences,” the ministry said.
The Government of Guyana said while it welcomes domestic accord within Venezuela, an agreement defying international law and process is not a basis for mediating harmony.
“The controversy between Guyana and Venezuela is properly before the International Court of Justice [ICJ] and will remain there for peaceful resolution,” the ministry stated.
Meanwhile Guyana’s main opposition APNU+AFC Coalition said in a statement it reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana and reminds that the Guyana/Venezuela controversy remains before the ICJ for resolution.
“We reiterate our faith in the rule of international law in pursuit of a peaceful settlement in this regard and our continued support of a national approach to safeguarding Guyana’s sovereignty,” the APNU+AFC said.