At 3 p.m. today, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to consider a request from Guyana for interventions for Venezuela’s blatant disregard for the World Court not to aggravate the Essequibo border controversy further.
“We are extremely pleased that they have taken up this matter with this sense of urgency,” said the Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo. He announced the meeting on December 7.
Jagdeo declined to disclose who Guyana’s representative would be.
“We have people on standby,” he said.
But Jagdeo did state that the interventions being sought are to ensure Venezuela adheres to the World Court’s orders.
“We want Venezuela to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice. It is a simple [request] before the Security Council. Compliance,” he pointed out.
UN Secretary General, António Guterres transmitted the notice of the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice to the UNSC.
Guyana secured a seat on the UNSC for the period 2024-2025. The country was elected as a non-permanent member, alongside Algeria, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone and Slovenia.
Career diplomat, Dr. Riyad Insanally saw the election as a helpful addition to the repertoire of avenues that can be tapped by the government in its quest to protect itself from Venezuela’s advances for its territory.