If there’s one problem Guyana’s political rivals agree on, it’s Venezuela

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Guyana’s political landscape is often polarised, but when it comes to Venezuela’s claims for their territory, they are never at loggerheads. 

The government and opposition are aligned against a recent threat from Venezuela. 

Amanza Walton-Desir, Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, expressed the APNU+AFC Parliamentary Opposition’s full backing for the government’s stance against Venezuela’s attempt to undermine Guyana’s sovereignty. Walton-Desir emphasized Guyana’s right to pursue economic activities anywhere within its sovereign borders and maritime territories for its citizens’ welfare.

With the issue catapulted to international attention, President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali shared news of the inflammatory communique from Venezuela during his address at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20. He highlighted Venezuela’s aggressive stance against Guyana’s decision to bid on oil blocks in its sovereign waters, considering it a risk to both regional peace and Guyana’s international investment partnerships. Calling for a peaceful resolution, Ali has urged the Maduro-led Venezuelan government to respect the UN Charter’s provisions and respect the adjudication by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Venezuela’s move has not only been condemned by Guyana’s political leaders but has also drawn criticism internationally. Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, termed Venezuela’s statements as “intimidation tactics”. The United States Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, Brian Nichols said American supports Guyana’s sovereign right to develop its own natural resources. 

Amidst the geopolitical tussle, it is evident that Guyana’s internal political factions stand united in defense of their nation’s territorial integrity.

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