[www.inewsguyana.com] – Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge has clarified that President of Guyana, David Granger is not interested in having a discussion with President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro on the border controversy affecting the two nations.
A statement from Greenidge noted that “there have been some local and regional newspaper and internet new websites headlines claiming that the President of Guyana, His Excellency Brig. David Granger has changed his mind about meeting with and holding discussions pertaining to the border controversy with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. This is not the case.”
The Foreign Affairs Minister made it clear that in the body of the media reports, the language attributed to President Granger makes no mention of any “change of mind”.
“His Excellency merely said that he is willing to speak to President Maduro on a variety of issues of common interest, separate and apart from the border issue. President Granger rightly observed that there is much else of importance to be discussed, including trade and stability in the region. That position is a longstanding one and is captured in diplomatic and other correspondence between the two countries. The recent headlines, for the most part, do not accurately reflect this. In fact, the contents of many articles do not seem to be consistent with the headlines,” Greenidge noted in his statement.
He further clarified that President Granger and subsequently President Maduro approached the United Nations in June and July of this year, respectively, to call for the Secretary General to carry out the role set out in the Geneva Agreement.
“The Secretary General has indicated that he is looking into the matter and has asked whether both Presidents will be attending the United Nations General Assembly in September. That forum may offer the opportunity for a meeting. That has been reported in the press, locally and internationally, and still stands. Guyana has accepted that approach.”