Guyana-Venezuela controversy to be incorporated into schools’ curriculum

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The government has agreed to incorporate relevant information on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy into the public schools’ curriculum, according to the Government Information Agency (GINA).

Mr Dag Halvor Nylander

Today, at a post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said the decision was made at the Ministerial Conference which was held on February 28.

“It was agreed that the information relevant to this issue will be disseminated so that the nation can be sensitised about the controversy, especially with regards to Guyana’s position,” Minister Harmon said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, and a team from his ministry had made a presentation on the 50- year standing controversy at the ministerial conference.

Last month, the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, announced the appointment of Norwegian diplomat,  Mr Dag Halvor Nylander, as his Personal Representative in the Good Offices Process on the border controversy.

The UN has utilised the Good Officer Process since 1990 to resolve the matter. The UN Secretary General has decided to give the process one more year with strengthened mediation. If the matter is not resolved by the end of the year, the UN Secretary General will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement.

President David Granger has welcomed the appointment and has pledged Guyana’s support to abide by the Process. The President added he will continue to advocate for a juridical settlement.

 

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