Border controversy: Brazil maintains support for Guyana’s position

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The government of Brazil maintains that the settlement of Guyana/Venezuela Border is final and must be respected.

Following his attendance at the recently concluded MERCOSUR Summit held in Brazil, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge said Guyana’s South American neighbour has been updated on Venezuela’s contention, that the 1899 Award is null and void, and remains resolute to its original position.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge

“The matter was raised with Brazil as per normal. As neighbours, we always have exchanges on this. The President gave them an update as to where we are, and Brazil has not indicated any movement from its traditional position, which is that the boundaries of the sub-continent should remain where they are”, Minister Greenidge explained.

Additionally, Minister Greenidge said Guyana is awaiting the final decision of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who undertook to have the matter sent to the World Court, should there be a failure to have an amicable settlement between Guyana and Venezuela.

“The UN Secretary-General has been asked to choose from a menu of measures and he is still with that. In the meantime, the personal representative has been doing the rounds between ourselves and Venezuela”, the Chief Diplomat added.

Following a more than 20-year mediation process and no resolution, Guyana has lobbied the U.N. for the border controversy between itself and Venezuela to be taken to the International Court of Justice for settlement.

The, then outgoing Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon had requested until the end of 2017 to have the matter settled; failing this the matter will be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ.)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Brazil had violated the rule of law (Reuters Image)

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s recent decision to expel Brazil’s own ambassador to Caracas, Ruy Pereira, has also seen Brazil declaring Venezuela’s most senior diplomat in Brazil, Gerardo Delgado, as persona non grata.

According to the BBC, Venezuela’s relations with Brazil have deteriorated since President Michel Temer took office last year, following Ms Dilma Rousseff’s dismissal by Congress for fiscal irregularities.

Maduro described her impeachment as “a right-wing coup”.

The head of Venezuela’s powerful Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, said on Saturday that “diplomatic relations with Brazil will not be restored until the government reinstates the constitutional order it has effectively broken”.

The Brazilian government said the move showed “once again the authoritarian nature of President Maduro’s administration”.

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