Guyana lobbies India on Venezuelan aggression at UN Summit

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President David Granger greeting Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi, during a meeting in New York
President David Granger greeting Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi, during a meeting in New York

[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger began the first of a series of bilateral meetings with visiting Heads of Government, participating in the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, when he held talks with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on September 24.

In a briefing with the Guyanese Media following the meeting, President Granger said the border controversy with Venezuela was discussed with Prime Minister Modi.

“We have very strong bilateral relations with the Republic of India and the meeting with Prime Minister Modi served as a renewal and a recommitment, not only to our long standing friendship and our cordial relations, but also to the specific commitments to agreements entered into over the last 10 years,” the President said.

President Granger said that for the first time in the life of the controversy not only are there Venezuelan gun boats in Guyana’s waters, but that Venezuela attempted to appropriate a huge area of Guyana’s sea space, where petroleum exploration is taking place. He added that while there was no attempt to gain any assurances from India on its position at this time, he will be meeting with Prime Minister Modi again in November in Malta during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.Granger and Modi 2

The Head of State pointed out that over the past week, there has been a gradual build of armed forces on Guyana’s western frontier, including the deployment of tanks, missiles and an increase in the number of troops near the Cuyuni River.

“We have alerted the international community and we look to India, particularly as a strong member of the Commonwealth, to give us support and to lead the debate to ensure the security of small states if guaranteed,” President Granger said.

Further, the President said that he is willing to meet with the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, at a meeting being organised by the United Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The President added that he will again be putting to the United Nation’s Secretary General that the matter should be taken to the International Court of Justice.

“For our part, we have decided that after 50 years of harassment and provocation, we need to aim at a juridical settlement and we have indicated to the United Nations that we prefer to go to court. So the actual Good Officers process, after several decades, has not borne fruit. We don’t feel the prolongation of that process will be helpful,” President Granger said.

He reiterated that the Venezuelan claim is not only hampering Guyana’s economic development and exploitation of natural resources, such as petroleum, but it is also becoming aggressive.

“It is becoming a serious problem, not only in Guyana on our western frontier and Cuyuni area, but in the Caribbean region,” he added. [Extracted and modified from the Ministry of the Presidency]

6 COMMENTS

  1. Racism will never die in this world. All above comments are racist..At least we should stand together in these difficult times.After all,Guyana is our homeland regardless of race, religion, colour..

  2. ANYTHING THE PNC, NOW CALLED APNU, TOUCHES BECOMES JUNK , BE IT TATA BUSES , SANOS BUSES, YUGOSLAVIA BUSES,MERCEDES BENZES, PRADOS , RICE INDUSTRY, SUGAR INDUSTRY,BAUXITE INDUSTRY,ELECTIONS COMMISSION, GLASS FACTORY, CLAYBRICK FACTORY, BICYCLE FACTORY, COCONUT ESTATE AT HOPE,ETC, ETC, ETC. HOW YOU’ALL GET THE FACE TO ASK INDIA FOR HELP WHEN YOU OPPRESS OUR INDIAN BROTHERS IN THIS COUNTRY? YOU RACISTS DON’T HAVE ANY SHAME !

  3. Well said Brother Saul. These traitors will not see beyond their racist noses even when threatened by a common enemy. Wonder if he and others like him think that Modero will care who is a ppp supporter as opposed to APNU/AFC. Truely sad. And by the way it was India that sold us those pieces of junk TATA buses.

  4. I Hope that the Indian High commission in Georgetown had informed Mr Modi and his government of the 50 years of racial harassment perpetrated by Granger and his predessors against Guyanese of East Indian decent, the rigging of the last election and the current entnic cleansing which is full swing since the May 2015 . The Indian goverment should not give any support to this racist, illegitimate egime.

  5. Raymond you are a racist of the worst kind! One who cares not for country but for the continued perpetrating of your racist ideology.

  6. if granger think that India will gave him support to fight Venezuela think again you better believe that they are aware of all the death daily of east Indian, robbery of east Indian and the mass killing of east Indian during the pnc times. they will not get involved with Guyana war. sorry to say but it is a reality but the pnc government used the India government before tata company is one example of that it is a waste of time good luck

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