The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela issued a statement released this Thursday by Chancellor Félix Plasencia, to establish a position against the misrepresentations and bad faith demonstrated this September 23, 2021 by the President of Guyana, His Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali, during his speech at the UN General Assembly in which he attacked the firm Agreement for the ratification and defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty over Guayana Esequiba.
Following, the Communiqué:
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela once again deplores the misrepresentations and bad faith demonstrated in the speech of the President of Guyana, his Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali, on September 23, 2021 at the UN General Assembly.
Unfortunately, the line of argument that Guyana has wielded since 2015 is directly proportional to the seduction and interference of the Exxon Mobil company and other transnational companies that not only pushed it to derail the friendly negotiations that we had been following in compliance with the Geneva Agreement since 1966 to settle bilaterally our territorial dispute over Guayana Esequiba, but also finance legal costs of the illegitimate action before the International Court of Justice against Venezuela.
Let us not forget that this dispute represents the sad colonial heritage of the United Kingdom to this young nation from the decolonization process of the sixties and, like it or not, it must be resolved in a peaceful, friendly and mutually acceptable way for both parties, as it is established in the Geneva Agreement in its Preamble, the purpose of which is to achieve a practical and satisfactory settlement of the territorial dispute.
As everyone also knows, in 1966 Venezuela acknowledged the independence of Guyana, with express and emphatic reservation of its legitimate rights over Guayana Esequiba. Venezuela regrets the bad faith and lack of good neighborliness contained in the discussion of the president of Guyana when, in a victimizing imposture, he lashes against the firm Agreement for the ratification and defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty over Guayana Esequiba, signed on September 5, 2021 in Mexico City, between the Venezuelan Government and the Venezuelan Opposition Unitary Platform, as a result of the memorandum signed on August 13, 2021, in which paragraph 2 reaffirms Venezuela’s commitment and will to reach a peaceful, definitive and mutual resolution. accepted on the sovereignty of Guayana Esequiba in the framework of the 1966 Geneva Agreement.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela must emphasize that in various communiqués, notes and communications delivered to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and to the UN Secretary General, it has insisted on continuing the negotiations as broadly as possible. Venezuela urges Guyana to abandon the unilateral path of the International Court of Justice, which is absolutely contrary to the spirit and nature of the 1966 Geneva Agreement, the only valid legal instrument to settle this controversy.
The will of the entire Venezuelan people, of the entire Venezuelan Nation, is firm not to abdicate their territorial claim or their will to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with Guyana on the territorial controversy over Guayana Esequiba, not being acceptable unilateral initiatives that put This friendly settlement and tendentious questioning contrary to the most precious principles of international relations at the hands of the DIP are in danger.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will always assert its legitimate rights over the territory of Guayana Esequiba, through direct negotiations as established in the Geneva Agreement and in the spirit of peace that guides our diplomacy.
“THE SUN OF VENEZUELA IS BORN IN THE ESEQUIBO”
Caracas, September 23, 2021