By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge has made it clear that President David Granger is not open for a one on one, face to face meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.
Reports surfaced on Wednesday, July 29 about a possible September meeting between the Heads of State to discuss issues pertinent to the border controversy which sees Venezuela claiming three quarters of Guyana’s territory.
But when questioned by media operatives, Greenidge said that this was not going to happen.
“We are not meeting one on one, there is no proposal to meet one on one…what would we meet one on one for?” Greenidge questioned.
He said there is room for discussion in an appropriate forum and if that can be done at a United Nations forum or a similar activity, then discussions will be undertaken.
The Vice President also stated that Guyana is open to the option of a team from the UN visiting in an effort to resolve the controversy.
“In response to our letter to him [UN Secretary General] and subsequently Maduro’s complaint…yes, he has informed us on whether we would be interested in receiving an emissary,” said Greenidge adding that the emissary will be arriving “soon.”
“The Secretary General of the UN has discussed with Mr Granger modalities for moving the process on from where it is currently stuck….I don’t know anything about Maduro inviting anybody; it has nothing to do with Maduro,” Greenidge explained.
Meanwhile, the Guyana Government has moved to issue a proclamation restating its territories including that of the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
Greenidge in Parliament on Thursday stated that the restating of Guyana’s territory “was intended to capture the many new developments of maritime law.”
He said that it is in sync with all international laws and agreements and it “allows Guyana to properly safeguard its rights and to meet its obligations,” under such agreements.
“It establishes the area under which national jurisdiction is to be exercised… the proper implementation of the baseline provisions of the Convention by coastal States through, inter alia, their national legislation, will play an important role in the achievement of an adequate balance between the maritime interests of coastal States and those of the international community,” said Greenidge.