President David Granger will be addressing the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on September 20. The Guyana/
Venezuela border controversy will be the primary focus of the President’s presentation.
During a post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon explained that the UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki-moon is due to demit office in November, and therefore Guyana will use the opportunity to try and get a decision out of the Secretary General as a means by which the Guyana/ Venezuela controversy can finally be resolved.
Minister Harmon said that Guyana has taken the position that the matter is a legal one and should be dealt with at the legal level. “A judicial settlement is what we are looking for, and therefore, the delegation will be trying to press home that position of Guyana,” the Minister added.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge is already in New York laying the groundwork for the Guyana delegation, which will include a team from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Michael Ten-Pow.
Additionally, there will be several meetings on the margins of the UN General Assembly, where the President will meet with world leaders and address matters such as the promotion of Guyana’s green pathway and sustainable development based on the issues of climate change, as well as the Caribbean as a zone of peace.
The annual meeting of 193 countries officially opened on September 13, at the UN’s headquarters in New York. (GINA)