The Caribbean Community on Tuesday joined with Guyana and the international community in condemning the move by President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, to claim sovereignty in the waters and seabed adjacent to Guyana’s coast, west of the Essequibo River, by issuing a new decree.
In a statement CARICOM said it is deeply disappointed and concerned at the decree and subsequent statements by Venezuela with respect to that country’s border controversy with Guyana, including intimations of the creation of a strategic area of national development called “Territory for the Development of the Atlantic Façade”.
“The Caribbean Community is in full support of the judicial process underway at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which is intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long-standing controversy between the two countries,” the statement said.
“CARICOM reiterates in the strongest possible terms its firm and unswerving support for the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana. CARICOM firmly repudiates any acts of aggression by Venezuela against Guyana,” the regional body added.
CARICOM joins both the United States and Canada in their condemnation of Venezuela’s aggression against Guyana and support for the process at the ICJ to resolve the controversy.